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Comment on "Early Domesticated Fig in the Jordan Valley"

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Science  15 Dec 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5806, pp. 1683
DOI: 10.1126/science.1132636

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Kislev et al. (Reports, 2 June 2006, p. 1372) described Neolithic parthenocarpic fig fruits and proposed that they derive from trees propagated only by cuttings and thus represent the first domesticated plant of the Neolithic Revolution. Because parthenocarpic fig trees naturally produce both seeded and seedless fruits and are capable of spontaneous reproduction, we argue that the finds do not necessarily indicate cultivation, nor horticulture predating grain crops.

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