The origins of rice domestication remains a hot button issue, with many countries wishing to claim to be the 'birthplace of rice"
According to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
"Rice remains retrieved from early stages of the Shangshan and Hehuashan sites have ages of approximately 9,400 and 9,000 calibrated years before the present, respectively"
"The morphology of rice bulliform phytoliths indicates they are closer to modern domesticated species than to wild species, suggesting that rice domestication may have begun at Shangshan during the beginning of the Holocene**"
*Diagram credit: http://depts.washington.edu/strmbrgl/StrombergLab_website/Phytoliths.html
**Holocene is roughly defined as approximately 11,700 years ago
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