Bananas Have a 3,000-Year-Old History

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Scientists from the University of Otago, New Zealand, have discovered that humans began transporting and cultivating bananas 3,000 years ago. In a discovery in Vanuatu, a South Pacific island country, the researchers found particles of banana trapped in dental plaque in the first settlers of Vanuatu. These particles were collected from 32 skeletons, which were preserved on Vanuatu’s Efata Island. Scientist used microscopy to detect the micro-particles that were scraped from the skeletons’ teeth.