Evolution of wheat spikes since the Neolithic revolution

Source: Science Daily

Around 12,000 years ago, the Neolithic revolution radically changed the economy, diet and structure of the first human societies in the Fertile Crescent of the Near East. With the beginning of the cultivation of cereals — such as wheat and barley — and the domestication of animals, the first cities emerged in a new social context marked by a productive economy. Now, a study analyses the evolution of wheat spikes since its cultivation began by the inhabitants of ancient Mesopotamia — the cradle of agriculture — between the Tigris and the Euphrates.