Cocoa Turns Out to be Ancient

Vasina Nazarenko - Fotolia

Delicious and rich, the taste of chocolate has been a source of happiness and decadence for thousands of years. But now experts believe cocoa could be significantly older than previously thought. Research has shown that Theobroma cacao evolved 10 million years ago and this discovery could help prevent the looming worldwide chocolate shortage.

  • It was thought to have originated in Central America 3,000 years ago
  • Experts now dated the cacao tree back around 10 million years
  • If the trees have survived this long, the experts believe they may be gneetically diverse enough to withstand the global supply costs

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