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Pacific Bananas

25 January 2020

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/01/3000-year-old-teeth-… … 3000 year old teeth from skeletons buried in Vanuatu were analysed and microscopic traces of banana and other plants were found in calcified dental plaque. These burials were of the first settlers on the South Sea Islands – the Lapita people. It is therefore likely they brought banana plants with them in their voyages of exploration through the Pacific – or that is the conclusion reached by the researchers …

   … see also https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-019-0808-y

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/01/mushrooms-are-older-… … mushrooms are older than previously thought – and fungi in general. The fossilised remains  of mycelium (a network of interconnected strands of fungi) were discovered in rock that has been dated at 715 to 810 million years ago. They were found in the Congo Republic in what had been a coastal lake environment (otherwise known as a lagoon). They may have been important partners of the first land plants, it is suggested.


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