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The first use of olives in Africa around 100,000 years ago


Marquer,  L.
Terrestrial Palaeoclimates, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Marquer, L., Otto, T., Ben Arous, E., Stoetzel, E., Campmas, E., Zazzo, A., et al. (2022). The first use of olives in Africa around 100,000 years ago. Nature Plants, 8(3), 204-208. doi:10.1038/s41477-022-01109-x.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000A-6501-3
The olive tree was an iconic plant for most of the past Mediterranean civilizations, for which it had important economic value. Here we report the earliest use of fruits and wood from olive trees in Africa so far, around 100,000 years ago. These findings suggest the presence of olive trees on the Atlantic coast of Morocco during most of the last glacial period, and the use of olives by the early Homo sapiens for fuel management and most probably for consumption.