The Paleobiolinguistics of Domesticated Manioc (Manihot esculenta)

  • Cecil H. Brown Northern Illinois University
  • Charles R. Clement Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
  • Patience Epps University of Texas at Austin
  • Eike Luedeling World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
  • Søren Wichmann Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Keywords: Archaeobotany, crop origins, historical linguistics, Native American Indians, paleobiolinguistics, plant domestication, plant genetics


Paleobiolinguistics is used to identify on maps where and when manioc (Manihot esculenta) developed importance for different prehistoric groups of Native Americans. This information indicates, among other things, that significant interest in manioc developed at least a millennium before a village-farming way of life became widespread in the New World.


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How to Cite
Brown, C. H., Clement, C. R., Epps, P., Luedeling, E., & Wichmann, S. (2013). The Paleobiolinguistics of Domesticated Manioc (Manihot esculenta). Ethnobiology Letters, 4, 61-70.
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