Peruvian diggers find 2.5 million-year-old tobacco
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1. To convert into a fossil.
2. To make outmoded or inflexible with time; antiquate.
v.intr. tobacco in the northern Amazon that dates back to the Pleistocene Era 2.5 million years ago, the scientists said Friday.
The compact block of tobacco, about 30 square centimeters (4.5 square inches), was found by scientists from the Meyer-Honninger Paleontology paleontology (pā'lēəntŏl`əjē) [Gr.,= study of early beings], science of the life of past geologic periods based on fossil remains. Museum earlier this week in the Maranon river basin in northeastern Peru.
"This discovery allows us to establish that the plant dates back to the Pleistocene Era, and confirms that it originated in northern Peru," the museum said in a statement.
Tobacco was smoked and chewed by Native Americans long before the arrival of European explorers in the 15th century, the scientists said.
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