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Humans indulged a taste for chocolate a millennium earlier than realized

A farmer cuts ripe cocoa pods off a tree

A farmer harvests cacao — the source of chocolate — in northeastern South America. New clues show that cacao products have a long history in the region. Credit: Thomas Cristofoletti/Planet Pix/ZUMA

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Nature 563, 158 (2018)




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