Comment on "Early domesticated fig in the Jordan Valley".

Simcha Lev-Yadun*, Gidi Ne'eman, Shahal Abbo, Moshe A. Flaishman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Kislev et al. (Reports, 2 June 2006, p. 1372) described Neolithic parthenocarpic fig fruits and proposed that they derive from trees propagated only by cuttings and thus represent the first domesticated plant of the Neolithic Revolution. Because parthenocarpic fig trees naturally produce both seeded and seedless fruits and are capable of spontaneous reproduction, we argue that the finds do not necessarily indicate cultivation, nor horticulture predating grain crops.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1683; author reply 1683
Issue number5806
StatePublished - 15 Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


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