palaeoethnobotany

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palaeoethnobotany

(ˌpælɪəʊˌɛθnəʊˈbɒtənɪ)
n
(Palaeontology) the study of fossil seeds and grains to further archaeological knowledge, esp of the domestication of cereals
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Also, the use of scanning electron microscopes has helped paleoethnobotanists measure microscopic yet significant differences between the seeds of domesticated plants and those of their wild cousins.
Regarding Cucurbita pepo, paleoethnobotanists have long debated its status as a native versus an introduced crop in eastern North America.