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Wild and Domesticated Cereals

Wild and Domesticated Cereals

As humans settled in one location, they quickly exhausted the supply of local wild cereals. Then, as populations grew there was a demand for more readily available crops, which led to the beginnings of domestication. Once humans began to farm more intensively, they selected grains for different traits, such as increased grain yields. The crops they cultivated created new domesticated plant species that looked very different from their wild counterparts.

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