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A potted history of Japan

The discovery of lipids on ceramic fragments from the Japanese Jōmon period provides the earliest evidence for the use of pottery for cooking and may prompt a rethink of some aspects of human innovation. See Letter p.351

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Figure 1: Fish soup from the Late Pleistocene.



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Kaner, S. A potted history of Japan. Nature 496, 302–303 (2013).

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