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Response to 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.1133748

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We suggest that parthenocarpic or fertile fig branches were planted along with staples like wild barley in the early Neolithic villages of Gilgal and Netiv Hagdud. In contrast to the repeated sowing of wild barley, we argue that planting branches of selected fig trees constitutes a form of domestication. The simplicity of fig tree propagation likely contributed to its domestication before cereal crops.

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