In DepthANCIENT DNA

First farmers' motley roots

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Science  15 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6296, pp. 207-208
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6296.207

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  • RE: Problem with Use of Modern Maps When Discussing Events from 10KYA

    During the key events in the development of early agriculture 12KYA to 9KYA covered in the summary of the recent ancient DNA studies, the coastline of the Persian Gulf was drastically different and rapidly changing from that depicted in the modern map used as the base for the 'Who Farmed First" graphic.
    One of the best presentations of the changes is the animation by Prof Tanya Atwater from Univ of California Santa Barbara "The Post-glacial Flooding of the Persian Gulf" available from the Educational Media Visualization Center
    http://emvc.geol.ucsb.edu/2_infopgs/IP2IceAge/ePersGulfFlood.html
    Based on:
    Kennett, D. J., & Kennett, J. P. (2006). Early state formation in southern Mesopotamia: Sea levels, shorelines, and climate change. Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology, 1(1), 67-99.
    and supported by a number of more recent studies.

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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