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maize in Asia before Columbus

Yuri Kuchinsky yuku at mail.trends.ca
Fri Mar 6 13:23:34 EST 1998

joatsimeon at aol.com (JoatSimeon) wrote on 6 Mar 1998 17:26:48 GMT:
> Or, in short form, Yuri has no "genetic evidence" at all -- no evidence
> of the antiquity of maize in the Old World, that is.  All his postings 
> show is that there are many varieties of cultivated maize in Asia.  
> Ooops, sorry, Columbus is responsible after all.  -- S.M. Stirling

You misunderstand. There's abundant evidence of great genetic variability
of maize in Asia. This is basically the same as to say that "there are
many varieties of cultivated maize in Asia." 

The idea here is that so many varieties simply could not have evolved in
the relatively short time since the supposed introduction of maize by the
Portuguese. The great genetic variability points to much longer presence
of maize in Asia. 

Yuri Kuchinsky in Toronto -=O=- http://www.globalserve.net/~yuku
If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people?

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