Corrections and Clarifications

The Native Americans: Prehistory and Ethnology of the North American Indians. Robert F. Spencer and Jesse D. Jennings, Eds. Harper and Row, New York, 1965. xiv + 539 pp. Illus. $10.90

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Science  24 Dec 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3704, pp. 1709
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3704.1709-a


I regret that I made an error in my book review of The Native Americans [Science 149, 1364 (1965)], where I cite MacNeish for a date of 6500 B.C. as the earliest find of maize. This is incorrect. The earliest wild maize dates from about 80,000 B.C. and the earliest domesticated variety from about 5000 B.C. The earliest date given in The Native Americans is, therefore, correct for the earliest domesticated maize.