Barley key to ancient settlement of Tibetan Plateau

November 21, 2014 4:58 AM

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Barley key to ancient settlement of Tibetan Plateau

While hardier grains enabled the ancient move into thinner air, it was actually cooling temperatures that necessitated it.

"As barley is frost hardy and cold-tolerant, it is growing very well on the Tibetan Plateau even today," Fahu Chen, an archaeologist at Lanzhou University in China, told The New York Times in an e-mail. "Barley agriculture could provide people with enough sustained food supplies even during winterti...

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