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Emerging evidence of plant domestication as a landscape-level process

Allaby, RG; Stevens, CJ; Kistler, L; Fuller, DQ; (2021) Emerging evidence of plant domestication as a landscape-level process. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 10.1016/j.tree.2021.11.002. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The evidence from ancient crops over the past decade challenges some of our most basic assumptions about the process of domestication. The emergence of crops has been viewed as a technologically progressive process in which single or multiple localized populations adapt to human environments in response to cultivation. By contrast, new genetic and archaeological evidence reveals a slow process that involved large populations over wide areas with unexpectedly sustained cultural connections in deep time. We review evidence that calls for a new landscape framework of crop origins. Evolutionary processes operate across vast distances of landscape and time, and the origins of domesticates are complex. The domestication bottleneck is a redundant concept and the progressive nature of domestication is in doubt.

Type: Article
Title: Emerging evidence of plant domestication as a landscape-level process
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2021.11.002
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2021.11.002
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: Epipalaeolithic, agriculture, archaeobotany, archaeogenomics, bottleneck, metapopulation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10140379
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