Serving Up the Origins of the Chicken and Chili Pepper
Chickens and chili peppers are staples of the modern-day menu. Scientists are now combining genetics and linguistics to find out how these animals and plants were transformed to their current form. Evolutionary biologist Greger Larson and plant scientist Paul Gepts discuss the domestication process.
Greger Larson is director of the Palaeogenomics and Bio-Archaeology Research Network and a professor of Archaeology at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.
Paul Gepts is a professor and plant scientist at the University of California, Davis in Davis, California.
Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.