Which came first: the people or the sweet potatoes?

Evidence reported in the journal Current Biology on April 12 shows that sweet potatoes arose before there were any humans around to eat them. The findings also suggest that the sweet potato crossed the ocean from America to Polynesia without any help from people. The discovery raises doubts about the existence of pre-Columbian contacts between Polynesia and the American continent.

Which came first: the people or the sweet potatoes?

The bulbous, colorful sweet potato has long been seen as an artifact of mankind's first ocean voyages, ferried from its home in South America all the way to Polynesia centuries ago.

Fri 13 Apr 18 from Phys.org

Sweet potato history casts doubt on early contact between Polynesia and the Americas

Evidence reported in the journal Current Biology on April 12 shows that sweet potatoes arose before there were any humans around to eat them. The findings also suggest that the sweet potato ...

Thu 12 Apr 18 from Phys.org

Sweet potato history casts doubt on early contact between Polynesia and the Americas, Thu 12 Apr 18 from ScienceDaily

Sweet Potato DNA Challenges Historic Notions of Crop Transport

Pre-Columbian history just got a lot clearer, thanks to root vegetables. New research from Oxford University suggests the sweet potato arrived naturally in Polynesia, not transported from America ...

Mon 16 Apr 18 from Geek.com

Sweet potato DNA reveals the plant was carried across the ocean by natural forces and NOT humans

Researchers have discovered that sweet potatoes were around before humans. The plant traveled from the American continent to Polynesians on its own.

Fri 13 Apr 18 from Daily Mail

Polynesians may not have gone grocery shopping in South America

Sweet potatoes may have reached Pacific Islands 100,000 years ahead of Polynesians.

Thu 12 Apr 18 from Ars Technica

Sweet potatoes came to Polynesia before humans did, study suggests

The sweet potato made its way to Polynesia without human assistance, new research suggests, colonizing the islands prior to the arrival of the first humans.

Fri 13 Apr 18 from UPI

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