The Cradle of Agriculture

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Science  02 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5471, pp. 1602-1603
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5471.1602

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It has long been debated exactly where and when crops were first domesticated and farming began--events that directly contributed to the emergence of Western civilization. In their Perspective, Lev-Yadun and colleagues discuss botanical, genetic and archeological evidence suggesting that the cradle of agriculture lay within a small region of the Fertile Crescent (in what is now southeastern Turkey/ northern Syria) and began in the 7th millennium B.C.