Corn - or maize, as it is called in most countries - is grown on every continent in the world, except Antarctica. This large, edible grain was first domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mexico 8,000 years ago, and humans have deliberately
altered and adapted it to meet their needs ever since. Today, maize is the largest
production crop in the world!
This summer you can explore the science and history of maize and see why it
continues to surprise us today. Learn about fascinating advances in the science
of plant genetics, the process of evolution, and how "useful mutations" can
address world health and hunger issues.
See how maize was adopted by Native Americans across North and South
America through historic and rare corn-related objects from the Permanent
Collection of the Stamford Museum, including archaeological material from the
Stamford area that is more than 500 years old.
Developed and managed by the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum
of the Earth located in Ithaca, N.Y. Funding has been provided by the National Science
Foundation Plant Genome Research Program DBI-0820619.
SM&NC Members: Free | Non-Members: included with gate admission.
The Stamford Museum galleries are open Monday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm;
Sunday 11 am-5 pm.