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by Luigi Guarino on May 18, 2017

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M. Flannery May 18, 2017 at 12:25 pm

I learn a great deal from your blog. I too just had my birthday, and am furious with you for introducing me to Textilia Linnaeana!

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Dave Wood May 19, 2017 at 8:42 am

“Of course, the farmers who bred the early versions of these crops may have been targeting large seeds because they knew these would give larger yields”. They knew nothing of the sort — smaller seeds can easily give larger yields, which is probably why 99% of grasses have seeds smaller than 20mg (all the original wild cereals have seeds larger than that pre-domestication). The question to ask is why does any plant species have large seed — clue: nothing to do with domestication, witness coco-de-mer on an oceanic island with no humans until recently.

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