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    Fossilized Pits Juice Up Speculation on Peach History

    Their research is bearing fruit. Analysis of several 2.5 million-year-old peach pits found in southwestern China has led a team of scientists to theorize that ancient peaches — a popular snack for early hominids and animals long before humans hit the scene — were similar to modern ones, albeit smaller. Though agricultural history can be tough to determine because most fruits have evolved through both natural selection and domestication by humans, the researchers believe these pits could shed light on the early history of China’s food trade.

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