PerspectiveAnthropology

Autonomous Cultivation Before Domestication

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Science  16 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5780, pp. 1608-1610
DOI: 10.1126/science.1127235

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Summary

Early Near Eastern crop cultivation was a trial-and-error process. Some crops continued until full domestication, while others were abandoned and later adopted independently by distant societies.