Monday 23 November 2015

This 'Extinct Squash' Has Been Grown From 800-Year-Old Seeds

In 2008 a group of archeologists yielded a clay pot in an archaeological dig on the Menemonee Reservation in Wisconsin. Nothing special you might say, archeologists do find clay pots all the time. But this one 800 years old clay pot did contained a real treasure, it contained seeds from an extinct squash species. 

 To make it even more extraordinary, a group of students planted some of the seeds to see if 800-year-old seeds were still viable. And as it turned out, they were! The result was an ancient squash and they named it the ‘Gete Okosomin’, which roughly translated means ‘Really Cool Old Squash'

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