How the humble bottle gourd got to the New World

February 10, 2014 8:02 PM

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How the humble bottle gourd got to the New World

A new study helps explain how the humble bottle gourd made its way to the New World more than 10,000 years ago.

If you lived in the New World a thousand years ago, you seldom left home without your bottle gourd. This sturdy fruit makes a handy canteen and tote bag, making it the go-to accessory in prehistoric America. But no wild version grows in the Americas. So how did the gourd get there?

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