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 Pandora's Seed: The Unforseen Cost of Civilliation, Spencer Wells (NY: Random House, 2010).

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Earliest Known American Settlers Harvested Seaweed National Geographic News (5/8/08)

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    • Jones, Sharyn. Food and Gender in Fiji. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, Roman & Littlefield, 2009.

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    • Wynn, Jonathan G., Matt Sponheimer, William H. Kimbel, Zeresenay Alemseged, Kaye Reed, Zelalem K. Bedaso, and Jessica N. Wilson. "Diet of Australopithecus afarensis from the Pliocene Hadar Formation, Ethiopia." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110, no. 26 (2013): 10495-10500.

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 Scientists believe the first cacao beverages were sipped from vessels like this one, which was found in northern Honduras.

Scientists believe the first cacao beverages were sipped from vessels like this one, which was found in northern Honduras.

New analyses of similar pottery fragments suggest people have been enjoying chocolate for more than 3,000 years—about 500 years earlier than previously believed

Moche potato ceramic. Larco Museum Collection.  Lima, Peru.

Potato Ceramic
Moche Culture
Larco Museum Collection
Lima, Peru
Moche potato ceramic. Larco Museum Collection.  Lima, Peru.

Yuca Ceramic
Moche Culture
Larco Museum Collection
Lima, Peru
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