Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Dolores Piperno

Senior Scientist Emerita
Department / Division
Education
Research Interests

The archaeobotany, archaeology, and human ecology of the lowland American tropics together with the biogeographical and climatological history of the tropical biome.  A main focus of my career is the origins of agriculture through investigations of phytoliths, starch grains and pollen at archaeological sites in the Neotropics and elsewhere in the world. Another main focus is the impact and modern legacies of prehistoric human influences on Neotropical forests.

Publications
Article
  • Ball, Terry, Chandler-Ezell, Karol, Duncan, Neil, Dickau, Ruth, Hart, Thomas C., Iriarte, Jose, Lentfer, Carol, Logan, Amanda, Lu, Houyuan, Madella, Marco, Pearsall, Deborah M., Piperno, Dolores R., Rosen, Arlene M., Vrydaghs, Luc, Weisskopf, Alison, and Zhang, Jianping. 2016. "Phytoliths As a Tool for Investigations of Agricultural Origins and Dispersals Around the World." Journal of Archaeological Science 68:32–45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.08.010
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2016. "Standard evaluations of bomb curves and age calibrations along with consideration of environmental and biological variability show the rigor of phytolith dates on modern neotropical plants: Review of comment by Santos, Alexandre, and Prior." Journal of Archaeological Science 71:59–67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2016.01.013
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2016. "Phytolith Radiocarbon Dating in Archaeological and Paleoecological Research:A Case Study of Phytoliths from Modern Neotropical Plants and a Review of the Previous Dating Evidence." Journal of Archaeological Science 68:54–61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.06.002
  • Bush, Mark B., McMichael, Crystal H., Piperno, Dolores R., Silman, Miles R., Barlow, Jos, Peres, Carlos A., Power, Mitchell, and Palace, Michael W. 2015. "Anthropogenic influence on Amazonian forests in pre-history: An ecological perspective." Journal of Biogeography 42 (12):2277–2288. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12638
  • Martín, Juan G., Mendizábal, Tomás, Schreg, Rainer, Cooke, Richard G., and Piperno, Dolores R. 2015. "Pre-Columbian raised fields in Panama: First evidence." Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 3:558–564. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2015.08.018
  • McMichael, Crystal H., Piperno, Dolores R., and Bush, M. B. 2015. "Comment on Clement et al. 2015 'The domestication of Amazonia before European conquest'." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282 (1821):https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.1837
  • McMichael, Crystal H., Piperno, Dolores R., Neves, Eduardo G., Bush, Mark B., Almeida, Fernando O., Mongeló, Guilherme, and Eyjolfsdottir, Margret B. 2015. "Phytolith Assemblages Along a Gradient of Ancient Human Disturbance in Western Amazonia." Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3:141. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2015.00141
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Holst, Irene, Winter, Klaus, and McMillan, William Owen. 2015. "Teosinte before domestication: Experimental study of growth and phenotypic variability in Late Pleistocene and early Holocene environments." Quaternary International 363:65–77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2013.12.049
  • Piperno, Dolores R., McMichael, Crystal H., and Bush, Mark B. 2015. "Amazonia and the Anthropocene: What was the spatial extent and intensity of human landscape modification in the Amazon Basin at the end of prehistory?." The Holocene 25 (10):1588–1597. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683615588374
  • Grayson, D. K., Meltzer, D. J., Buikstra, J. E., Flannery, K. V., Fowler, C. S., Marcus, J., O'Connell, J. F., Piperno, Dolores R., Sabloff, J. A., Smith, Bruce D., Thomas, D. H., Willerslev, E., and Zeder, Melinda A. 2014. "Early Americans: Respecting ancestors." Science 345 (6195):390–390. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.345.6195.390-b
  • Gremillion, Kristen J., Barton, Loukas, and Piperno, Dolores R. 2014. "Particularism and the retreat from theory in the archaeology of agricultural origins." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (17):6171–6177. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1308938110
  • Gremillion, Kristen J., Barton, Loukas, and Piperno, Dolores R. 2014. "Reply to Smith: On distinguishing between models, hypotheses, and theoretical frameworks." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (28):https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1408909111
  • Gremillion, Kristen J., Barton, Loukas, and Piperno, Dolores R. 2014. "Reply to Zeder: Maintaining a diverse scientific toolkit is not an act of faith." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (28):https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1409072111
  • Henry, Amanda G., Brooks, Alison S., and Piperno, Dolores R. 2014. "Plant foods and the dietary ecology of Neanderthals and early modern humans." Journal of human evolution 69:44–54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2013.12.014
  • Larson, Greger, Piperno, Dolores R., Allaby, Robin G., Purugganan, Michael D., Andersson, Leif, Arroyo-Kalin, Manuel, Barton, Loukas, Vigueira, Cynthia Climer, Denham, Tim, Dobney, Keith, Doust, Andrew N., Gepts, Paul, Gilbert, M. Thomas P., Gremillion, Kristen J., Lucas, Leilani, Lukens, Lewis, Marshall, Fiona B., Olsen, Kenneth M., Pires, J. C., Richerson, Peter J., de Casas, Rafael Rubio, Sanjur, Oris I., Thomas, Mark G., and Fuller, Dorian Q. 2014. "Current perspectives and the future of domestication studies." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (17):6139–6146. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1323964111
  • Martin, Juan G., Mendizabal, Tomas, Schreg, Rainer, Piperno, Dolores R., and Cooke, Richard G. 2014. "First evidence for pre-Columbian raised fields in Central America." Antiquity 89 (343):
  • Flink, Linus Girdland, Allen, Richard, Barnett, Ross, Malmström, Helena, Peters, Joris, Eriksson, Jonas, Andersson, Leif, Dobney, Keith, and Larson, Greger. 2013. "Establishing the validity of domestication genes using DNA from ancient chickens." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (17):https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1308939110
  • Fuller, Dorian Q., Denham, Tim, Arroyo-Kalin, Manuel, Lucas, Leilani, Stevens, Chris J., Qin, Ling, Allaby, Robin G., and Puruggana, Michael D. 2013. "Convergent evolution and parallelism in plant domestication revealed by an expanding archaeological record." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (17):https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1308937110
  • Kraft, Kraig H., Brown, Cecil H., Nabhan, Gary P., Luedeling, Eike, Luna Ruiz, José,de Jes, d'Eeckenbrugge, Geo Coppens, Hijmans, Robert J., and Gepts, Paul. 2013. "Multiple lines of evidence for the origin of domesticated chili pepper, Capsicum annuum, in Mexico." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (17):https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1308933111
  • McMichael, Crystal H., Bush, Mark B., Silman, Miles R., Piperno, Dolores R., Raczka, Marco, Lobato, Luiz C., Zimmerman, Monica, Hagen, Stephen, and Palace, Michael. 2013. "Historical fire and bamboo dynamics in western Amazonia." Journal of Biogeography 40 (2):299–309. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12002
  • Dillehay, T. D., Bonavia, D., Goodbred, S., Pino, M., Vasquez, V., Tham, T. R., Conklin, W., Splitstoser, J., Piperno, Dolores R., Iriarte, J., Grobman, A., Levi-Lazzaris, G., Moreira, D., Lopez, M., Tung, T., Titelbaum, A., Verano, J., Adovasio, James M., Cummings, L. S., Bearez, P., Dufour, E., Tombret, O., Ramirez, M., Beavins, R., DeSantis, L. et al. 2012. "Chronology, mound-building and environment at Huaca Prieta, coastal Peru, from 13 700 to 4000 years ago." Antiquity 86 (331):48–70.
  • Grobman, Alexander, Bonavia, Duccio, Dillehay, Tom D., Piperno, Dolores R., Iriarte, José, and Holst, Irene. 2012. "Preceramic maize from Paredones and Huaca Prieta, Peru." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109 (5):1755–1759. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1120270109
  • Lachniet, Matthew S., Bernal, Juan Pablo, Asmerom, Yemane, Polyak, Victor, and Piperno, Dolores R. 2012. "A 2400 yr Mesoamerican rainfall reconstruction links climate and cultural change." Geology 40 (3):259–262. https://doi.org/10.1130/G32471.1
  • McMichael, Crystal H., Bush, Mark B., Piperno, Dolores R., Silman, Miles R., Zimmerman, Andrew R., and Anderson, Christina. 2012. "Spatial and temporal scales of pre-Columbian disturbance associated with western Amazonian lakes." The Holocene 22 (2):131–141. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683611414932
  • McMichael, Crystal H., Piperno, Dolores R., Bush, M. B., Silman, M. R., Zimmerman, A. R., Raczka, M. F., and Lobato, L. C. 2012. "Sparse Pre-Columbian Human Habitation in Western Amazonia." Science 336 (6087):1429–1431. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1219982
  • Nadel, Dani, Piperno, Dolores R., Holst, Irene, Snir, Ainit, and Weiss, Ehud. 2012. "New evidence for the processing of wild cereal grains at Ohalo II, a 23 000-year-old campsite on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Israel." Antiquity 86 (334):990–1003.
  • Sheets, Payson, Lentz, David, Piperno, Dolores R., Jones, John, Dixon, Christine, Maloof, George, and Hood, Angela. 2012. "Ancient Manioc Agriculture South of the Ceren Village, El Salvador." Latin American Antiquity 23 (3):259–281. https://doi.org/10.7183/1045-6635.23.3.259
  • Henry, Amanda G., Brooks, Alison S., and Piperno, Dolores R. 2011. "Reply to Collins and Copeland: Spontaneous gelatinization not supported by evidence." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108 (22):E146–E146. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1104199108
  • Henry, Amanda G., Brooks, Alison S., and Piperno, Dolores R. 2011. "Microfossils in calculus demonstrate consumption of plants and cooked foods in Neanderthal diets (Shanidar III, Iraq; Spy I and II, Belgium)." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108 (2):486–491. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1016868108
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2011. "The Origins of Plant Cultivation and Domestication in the New World Tropics." Current Anthropology 52 (S4):S453–S470. https://doi.org/10.1086/659998
  • Kennett, Douglas J., Piperno, Dolores R., Jones, John G., Neff, Hector, Voorhies, Barbara, Walsh, Megan K., and Culleton, Brendan J. 2010. "Pre-Pottery Farmers on the Pacific Coast of Southern Mexico." Journal of Archaeological Science 37 (12):3401–3411. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2010.07.035
  • Gremillion, Kristin and Piperno, Dolores R. 2009. "Human behavioral ecology, phenotypic plasticity, and agricultural origins: Insights from the emerging evolutionary synthesis." Current Anthropology 50:615–619.
  • Henry, Amanda G., Hudson, Holly F., and Piperno, Dolores R. 2009. "Changes in starch grain morphologies from cooking." Journal of Archaeological Science 36 (3):915–922. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2008.11.008
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2009. "Identifying crop plants with phytoliths (and starch grains) in Central and South America: A review and an update of the evidence." Quaternary International 193:146–159.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Ranere, Anthony J., Holst, Irene, Iriarte, Jose, and Dickau, Ruth. 2009. "Starch grain and phytolith evidence for early ninth millennium B.P. maize from the Central Balsas River Valley, Mexico." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106 (13):5019–5024. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0812525106
  • Ranere, Anthony J. and Piperno, Dolores R. 2009. "Reply to Perttula: Identifying an early Holocene projectile point type from central Mexico." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106 (27):E74–E74. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0905971106
  • Ranere, Anthony J., Piperno, Dolores R., Holst, Irene, Dickau, Ruth, and Iriarte, José. 2009. "The cultural and chronological context of early Holocene maize and squash domestication in the Central Balsas River Valley, Mexico." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106 (13):5014–5018. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0812590106
  • Henry, Amanda G. and Piperno, Dolores R. 2008. "Using plant microfossils from dental calculus to recover human diet: a case study from Tell al-Raqa'i, Syria." Journal of Archaeological Science 35 (7):1943–1950. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2007.12.005
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Dillehay, Tom D. 2008. "Starch grains on human teeth reveal early broad crop diet in northern Peru." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105 (50):19622–19627. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0808752105
  • Holst, Irene, Moreno, Enrique, and Piperno, Dolores R. 2007. "Identification of teosinte, maize, and Tripsacum in Mesoamerica by using pollen, starch grains, and phytoliths." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104 (45):17608–17613. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0708736104
  • Perry, Linda, Dickau, Ruth, Zarrillo, Sonia, Holst, Irene, Pearsall, Deborah M., Piperno, Dolores R., Berman, Mary Jane, Cooke, Richard G., Rademaker, Kurt, Ranere, Anthony J., Raymond, J. Scott, Sandweiss, Daniel H., Scaramelli, Franz, Tarble, Kay, and Zeidler, James A. 2007. "Starch fossils and the domestication and dispersal of chili peppers (Capsicum spp. L.) in the Americas." Science 315 (5814):986–988. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1136914
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2007. "identifying crop plants with phytoliths (and starch grains) in central and south america: a review and an update of the evidence." Quaternary International doi:10.1016:1–52.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Moreno, Jorge Enrique, Iriarte, Jose, Holst, Irene, Lachniet, Matthew S., Jones, John G., Ranere, Anthony J., and Castanzo, R. 2007. "Late Pleistocene and Holocene environmental history of the Iguala Valley, Central Balsas Watershed of Mexico." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104 (29):11874–11881. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0703442104
  • Pohl, Mary E. D., Piperno, Dolores R., Pope, Kevin O., and Jones, John G. 2007. "Microfossil evidence for pre-Columbian maize dispersals in the neotropics from San Andrés, Tabasco, Mexico." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104 (16):6870–6875. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0701425104
  • Perry, Linda, Sandweiss, Daniel H., Piperno, Dolores R., Rademaker, Kurt, Malpass, Michael A., Umire, Adán, and de la Vera, Pablo. 2006. "Early Maize Agriculture and Interzonal Interaction in Southern Peru." Nature 440 (7080):76–79. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature04294
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2006. "Quaternary Environmental History and Agricultural Impact on Vegetation in Central America." Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 93 (2):274–296. https://doi.org/10.3417/0026-6493(2006)93[274:QEHAAI]2.0.CO
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Sues, Hans-Dieter. 2005. "Dinosaurs Dined on Grass." Science 310 (5751):1126–1128.
  • Lachniet, Matthew S., Burns, Stephen J., Piperno, Dolores R., Asmerom, Yemane, Polyak, Victor J., Moy, Christopher M., and Christenson, Keith. 2004. "A 1500-Year El Niño/Southern Oscillation and Rainfall History for the Isthmus of Panamá From Speleothem Calcite." Journal of Geophysical Research 109:D20117.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2004. "Under the Canopy: The Archaeology of Rropical Rain Forests, Edited by Julio Mercader." The Quarterly review of biology (3): 324–325.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Weiss, Ehud, Holst, Irene, and Nadel, Dani. 2004. "Processing of Wild Cereal Grains in the Upper Palaeolithic Revealed by Starch Grain Analysis." Nature 430 (7000):670–673.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2003. "A Few Kernels Short of a Cob: On the Staller and Thompson Late Entry Scenario for the Introduction of Maize into Northern South America." Journal of Archaeological Science (7): 831–836.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Jones, John G. 2003. "Paleoecological and Archaeological Implications of a Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene Record of Vegetation and Climate From the Pacific Coastal Plain of Panamá." Quarterly Research 59 (1):79–87.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Stothert, Karen E. 2003. "Phytolith Evidence for Early Holocene Cucurbita Domestication in Southwest Ecuador." Science 299 (5609):1054–1057.
  • Stothert, K. E., Piperno, Dolores R., and Andres, T. C. 2003. "Terminal Pleistocene Early Holocene human adaptation in coastal Ecuador: the Las Vegas evidence." Quaternary International 109:23–43.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Holst, Irene, Wessel-Beaver, Linda, and Andres, Thomas C. 2002. "Evidence for the Control of Phytolith Formation in Cucurbita Fruits by the Hard Rind (Hr) Genetic Locus: Archaeological and Ecological Implications." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 99 (16):10923–10928.
  • Sanjur, Oris I., Piperno, Dolores R., Andres, Thomas C., and Wessel-Beaver, Linda. 2002. "Phylogenetic Relationships Among Domesticated and Wild Species of Cucurbita (Cucurbitaceae) Inferred From a Mitochondrial Gene: Implications for Crop Plant Evolution and Areas of Origin." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 99 (1):535–540.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2001. "On Maize and the Sunflower." Science (5525): 2260–2261.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2001. "Archaeology - On maize and the sunflower." Science 292 (5525):2260–2261.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Flannery, Kent V. 2001. "The Earliest Archaeological Maize (Zea Mays L.) From Highland Mexico: New Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Dates and Their Implications." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 98 (4):2101–2103.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Andres, Thomas C., and Stothert, Karen E. 2000. "Phytoliths in Cucurbita and Other Neotropical Cucurbitaceae and Their Occurrence in Early Archaeological Sites From the Lowland American Tropics." Journal of Archaeological Science 27 (3):193–208.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Ranere, Anthony J., Holst, Irene, and Hansell, Patricia. 2000. "Starch Grains Reveal Early Root Crop Horticulture in the Panamanian Tropical Forest." Nature 407 (6806):894–897.
  • Zhao, Zhijun and Piperno, Dolores R. 2000. "Late Pleistocene/Halocene Environments in the Middle Yangtze River Valley, China and Rice (Oryza Sativa L.) Domestication: the Phytolith Evidence." Geoarchaeology (2): 203–222.
  • Jiang, Qinhua and Piperno, Dolores R. 1999. "Environmental and Archaeological Implications of a Late Quaternary Palynological Sequence, Poyang Lake, Southern China." Quaternary Research 52 (2):250–258.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Pearsall, Deborath M., Benfer, Jr Robert A., Kealhofer, Lisa, Zhao, Zhijun, and Jiang, Qinhua. 1999. "Phytolith Morphology." Science 283 (5406):1265–1266.
  • Kealhofer, Lisa and Piperno, Dolores R. 1998. "Opal Phytoliths in Southeast Asian Flora." Smithsonian Contributions to Botany (88): 1–39. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.0081024X.88
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1998. "Paleoethnobotany in the Neotropics From Microfossils: New Insight into Ancient Plant Use and Agricultural Origins in the Tropical Forest." Journal of World Prehistory (4): 393–449.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Holst, Irene. 1998. "The Presence of Starch Grains on Prehistoric Stone Tools From the Humid Neotropics: Indications of Early Tuber Use and Agriculture in Panamá." Journal of Archaeological Science (8): 765–776.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Pearsall, Deborah M. 1998. "The Silica Bodies of Tropical American Grasses: Morphology, Taxonomy, and Implications for Grass Systematics and Fossil Phytolith Identification." Smithsonian Contributions to Botany (85): 1–40. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.0081024X.85
  • Zhao, Zhijun, Pearsall, Deborah M., Benfer, Robert A.,Jr., and Piperno, Dolores R. 1998. "Distinguishing Rice (Oryza Sativa Poaceae) From Wild Oryza Species Through Phytolith Analysis, II: Finalized Method." Economic Botany 52 (2):134–145.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Becker, P. 1996. "Vegetational history of a site in the central Amazon basin derived from phytolith and charcoal records from natural soils." Quaternary Research 45 (2):202–209.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Becker, Peter F. 1996. "Vegetational history of a site in the central Amazon Basin derived from phytolith and charcoal records from natural soils." Quaternary Research Orlando 45 (2):202–209.
  • Pohll, Mary D., Pope, Kevin O., Jones, John G., Jacob, John S., Piperno, Dolores R., deFrance, Susan D., Lentz, David L., Gifford, John A., Danforth, Marie E., and Josserand, J. K. 1996. "Early agriculture in the Maya lowlands." Latin American Antiquity 7 (4):355–372.
  • Pearsall, D. M., Piperno, Dolores R., Dinan, E. H., Umlauf, R., Zhao, Z. J., and Benfer, R. A. 1995. "Distinguishing Rice (Oryza-Sativa Poaceae) from Wild Oryza Species through Phytolith Analysis - Results of Preliminary Research." Economic Botany 49 (2):183–196.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1995. [Book review] "Archaeology, Adventure, Existencialism, by John Hedges." Antiquity. 69 (264):641–642.
  • Kealhofer, Lisa and Piperno, Dolores R. 1994. "Early Agriculture in Southeast Asia: Phytolith Evidence from the Bang Pakong Valley, Thailand." Antiquity 68:564–572.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1994. "On the emergence of agriculture in the New World." Current Anthropology 35 (5):637–643.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1994. "Phytolith and charcoal evidence for prehistoric slash-and-burn agriculture in the Darien rain forest of Panama." The Holocene 4 (3):321–325.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Pearsall, Deborah M. 1993. "Phytoliths in the reproductive structures of maize and teosinte: Implications for the study of maize evolution." Journal of Archaeological Science 20 (3):337–362.
  • Bush, M. B., Piperno, Dolores R., Colinvaux, Paul A., Deoliveira, P. E., Krissek, L. A., Miller, M. C., and Rowe, W. E. 1992. "A 14 300-Yr Paleoecological Profile of a Lowland Tropical Lake in Panama." Ecological Monographs 62 (2):251–275.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1991. "The Status of Phytolith Analysis in the American Tropics." Journal of Wold Prehistory 5 (2):155–191.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Bush, Mark B., and Colinvaux, Paul A. 1991. "Paleoecological Perspectives on Human Adaptation in Central Panama. I. The Pleistocene." Geoarchaeology 6:201–226.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Bush, Mark B., and Colinvaux, Paul A. 1991. "Paleoecological Perspectives on Human Adaptation in Central Panama. II The Holocene." Geoarchaeology 6:227–250.
  • Bush, Mark B., Colinvaux, Paul A., Wiemann, Michael C., Piperno, Dolores R., and Liu, Kam-Biu. 1990. "Late Pleistocene Temperature Depression and Vegetation Change in Ecuadorian Amazonia." Quaternary Research 34 (3):330–345.
  • Ciochon, R. L., Piperno, Dolores R., and Thompson, R. G. 1990. "Opal Phytoliths found on the Teeth of the Extinct Ape Gigantopithecus-Blacki - Implications for Paleodietary Studies." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 87 (20):8120–8124.
  • Pearsall, Deborath M. and Piperno, Dolores R. 1990. "Antiquity of Maize Cultivation in Ecuador: Summary and Reevaluation of the Evidence." American Antiquity 55 (2):324–337.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1990. "Aboriginal Agriculture and Land Usage in the Amazon Basin, Ecuador." Journal of Archaeological Science 17:665–677.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Bush, M. B., and Colinvaux, Paul A. 1990. "Paleoenvironments and Human Occupation in Late-Glacial Panama." Quaternary Research 33 (1):108–116.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Bush, Mark B., and Colinvaux, Paul A. 1990. "Paleoenvironments and Human Occupation in Late-Glacial Panama." Quarterly Research 33 (1):108–116.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Ciochon, R. 1990. "Scratching the Surface of Evolution." New Scientist 128 (1742):47–49.
  • Bush, M. B., Piperno, Dolores R., and Colinvaux, Paul A. 1989. "A 6,000 Year History of Amazonian Maize Cultivation." Nature 340 (6231):303–305.
  • Ciochon, Russell L. and Piperno, Dolores R. 1989. "Diet of Gigantopithecus blacki: New Evidence from Opal Phytoliths found Bonded to the Enamel Surfaces of its Teeth." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 78 (2):204.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1989. "The Occurrence of Phytoliths in the Reproductive Structures of Tropical Angiosperms and Their Significance in Tropical Palaecology, Paleoethnobotany, and Systematics." Review of palaeobotany and palynology 61:147–273.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1989. "The Occurrence of Phytoliths in the Reproductive Structures of Selected Tropical Angiosperms and their Significance in Tropical Paleoecology, Paleoethnobotany and Systematics." Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 61 (1-2):147–173.
  • Siemens, A. H., Hebda, R. J., Hernandez, M. N., Piperno, Dolores R., Stein, J. K., and Baez, M. G. Z. 1988. "Evidence for a Cultivar and a Chronology from Patterned Wetlands in Central Veracruz, Mexico." Science 242 (4875):105–107.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1985. "Phytolithic analysis of geological sediments from Panama." Antiquity 59:13–19.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1985. "Phytolith taphonomy and distributions in archeological sediments from Panama." Journal of Archaeological Science 12:247–267.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1985. "Phytolith analysis and tropical paleo-ecology: production and taxonomic significance of siliceous forms in New World plant domesticates and wild species." Review of Paleobotany and Palynology 45:185–228.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1985. "Phytolith Analysis and Tropical Paleo-Ecology - Production and Taxonomic Significance of Siliceous Forms in New World Plant Domesticates and Wild-Species." Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 45 (3-4):185–228.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Clary, Karen Husum, Cooke, Richard G., Ranere, Anthony J., and Weiland, Doris. 1985. "Preceramic maize in Central Panama: Phytolith and Pollen Evidence." American Anthropologist 87 (4):871–877.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1984. "A comparison and differentiation of phytoliths from maize and wild grasses: use of morphological criteria." American Antiquity 49 (2):361–383.

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  • Piperno, Dolores R., Messner, T., and Holst, I. 2017. "Starch Grains." in In Where the Land Meets the Sea: Fourteen Millennia of Human Behavior at Huaca Prieta, Peru, edited by Dillehay, T. D., 683–688. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  • Dillehay, T. D. and Piperno, Dolores R. 2013. "Domestication and the Formative in South America." in The Cambridge world prehistory, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2012. "New Archaeobotanical Information on Early Cultivation and Plant domestication Involving Microplant Remains." in Biodiversity in Agriculture: Domestication, Evolution, & Sustainability, edited by Gepts, P., Famula, T. R., Bettinger, R. L., Brush, S. B., Damania, A. B., McGuire, P. E., and Qualset, C. O., 136–159. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Smith, Bruce D. 2012. "The Origins of Food Production in Mesoamerica." in The Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology, edited by Nichols, D. L. and Poole, C., 151–168. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2011. "Prehistoric Human Occupation and Impacts on Tropical Forest Landscapes During the Late Pleistocene and Early/Middle Holocene." in Tropical Rainforest Responses to Climate and Human Influences, edited by Flenley, J. and Bush, M. B., 185–212. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2011. "Northern Peruvian Early and Middle Preceramic Agriculture in Central and South American Context." in Early Foragers and Food Producers in the Andes, edited by Dillehey, T. D., 275–284. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2007. "Fitolitos y carbón; evidencia de agricultura de roza y quema prehistórica en el bosque húmedo tropical de Darién en Panamá." in Ecología y evolución en los trópicos, edited by Leigh, Egbert Giles, Jr., Herre, Edward Allen, Jackson, Jeremy B. C., and Santos-Granero, Fernando., 601–607. Panama: Editora Nova Art.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2007. "Fitolitos y carbón microscópico del trayecto 155: historia de vegetación y fuego en la cuenca amazónica durante los últimos 75,000 años." in Ecología y evolución en los trópicos, edited by Leigh, Egbert Giles, Jr., Herre, Edward Allen, Jackson, Jeremy B. C., and Santos-Granero, Fernando., 337–348. Panama: Editora Nova Art.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2007. "Prehistoric Human Occupation and Impacts on Neotropical Forest Landscapes During the Late Pleistocene and Early/Middle Holocene." in Tropical Rainforest Responses to Climate Change, edited by Flenley, John R. and Bush, Mark B., 193–218. Springer/Praxis.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Ranere, Anthony J., Holst, Irene, and Hansell, Patricia. 2007. "Granos de almidón revelan una agricultura primitiva de raíces en un bosque húmedo tropical de Panamá." in Ecología y evolución en los trópicos, edited by Leigh, Egbert Giles, Jr., Herre, Edward Allen, Jackson, Jeremy B. C., and Santos-Granero, Fernando., 594–600. Panama: Editora Nova Art.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2006. "Identifying Manioc (Manihot esculenta Crantz) and Other Crops in Pre-Columbian Tropical America Through Starch Grain Analysis:A Case Study from Central Panamá." in Documenting Domestication: New Genetic and Archaeological Paradigms, edited by Zeder, Melinda A., Bradley, Dan, Emschwiller, Eve, and Smith, Bruce D., 46–67. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2006. "A behavioral ecological approach to the origins of plant cultivation and domestication in the seasonal tropical forests of the New World." in Foraging Theory and the Transition to Agriculture, edited by Kennett, Douglas and Winterhalder, Bruce., 137–166. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2006. "The Origins of Plant Cultivation and Domestication in the Neotropics: A Behavioral Ecological Perspective." in Foraging Theory and the Transition to Agriculture, edited by Douglas, Kennett and Bruce, Winterhalder., 137–166. University of California Press.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2004. "Crop Domestication in the American Tropics: Phytolith Analyses." in Encyclopedia of Plant & Crop Science, edited by Goodman, Robert., 326. Dekker, Inc.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Holst, Irene. 2004. "Crop Domestication in the American Tropics: Starch Grain Analyses." in Encyclopedia of Plant & Crop Science, edited by Goodman, Robert., 330. Dekker, Inc.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2001. "Phytoliths." in Tracking Environmental Change Using Lake Sediments, edited by Smol, J. P., Birks, H. J. B., and Last, W. M., 235. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Blake, Michael. 1999. "The Origins and Development of Food Production in Pacific Panamá." in Pacific Latin America in Prehistory : the Evolution of Archaic and Formative Cultures, edited by Bkale, Michael., 123. WSU Press.
  • Cooke, Richard G. and Piperno, Dolores R. 1997. "Le peuplement de l'Amerique Centrale et de l"amerique du Sud et les adaptationsaux forests tropicales avant la colonisation europeene." in Les ressources alimentaires: Production et Consommation, edited by Hladik, Claude Marcela, Hladik, Annette, Pagezy, Helene, Linares, Olga F., Kopper, Georgius J. A., and Froment, Alain., 77–96. L'Alimentaton en Foret Tropicale.Interactions bioculturelles er perspectives de developpement.. Paris: UNESCO.
  • Cooke, Richard G., Norr, Lynette, and Piperno, Dolores R. 1996. "Native Americans and the Panamanian landscape." in Case Studies in Environmental Archaeology, edited by Reitz, E. J., Newsom, L. A., and Scudder, S. J., 103–126. New York: Plenum Press.
  • Cooke, Richard G. and Piperno, Dolores R. 1996. "Le Peuplement de LAmérique Centrale et de LAmérique du Sud et les Adaptations: Aux Forêt Tropicales Avant la Colonisation Européenne." in L'Alimentation en Forêt Tropicale: Interactions Bioculturelles et Perspectives de Développement, edited by Hladik, Claude Marcela, Hladik, Annette, Pagezy, H., Linares, Olga F., Koppert, G. J. A., and Froment, A., 77–96. Paris: UNESCO.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1995. "Plant Microfossils and their Application in the New World Tropics." in Archaeology in the Lowland American Tropics, edited by Stahl, Peter W., 130–153. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1994. "Phytolith records from the Proyecto Prehistorico Arenal." in Archaeology, volcanism, and remote sensing in the Arenal region, Costa Rica., edited by Sheets, Payson D. and McKee, Brian R., 286–292. Austin, TX, United States: University of Texas Press.
  • Cooke, Richard G. and Piperno, Dolores R. 1993. "Native American Adaptations to the Tropical Forests of Central and South America, Before the European Colonization." in Tropical Forests, People and Food, edited by Hladik, Claude Marcela, Hladik, Annette, Linares, Olga F., Pagezy, H., Semple, A., and Hadley, M., 25–36. Paris: The Partenon Publishing Group.
  • Jones, John G. 1993. "Analysis of Pollen and Phytoliths in Residue from a Colonial Period Ceramic Vessel." in Current Research in Phytolith Analysis:, edited by Pearsall, Deborath M. and Piperno, Dolores R., 31–36. Philadelphia: MASCA Research Papers in Science and Archaeology.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1993. "Phytolith and Charcoal Records from Deep Lake Cores in the American Tropics." in Current Research in Phytolith Analysis:, edited by Pearsal, Deborah M. and Piperno, Dolores R., 59–71. Research Papers in Science and Archaeology. Philadelphia: MASCA.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1993. "Phytolith and Charcoal Records from Deep Lake Cores in the American Tropics." in Current Research in Phytolith Analysis:, edited by Pearsal, Deborah M. and Piperno, Dolores R., 59–71. Research Papers in Science and Archaeology. Philadelphia: MASCA.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Pearsall, Deborah M. 1993. "The Nature and Status of Phytolith Analysis." in Current Research in Phytolith Analysis, edited by Pearsall, Deborah M. and Piperno, Dolores R., 9–18. Research Papers in Science and Archaeology. Philadelphia: MASCA.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Pearsall, Deborah M. 1993. "The Nature and Status of Phytolith Analysis." in Current Research in Phytolith Analysis, edited by Pearsall, Deborah M. and Piperno, Dolores R., 9–18. Research Papers in Science and Archaeology. Philadelphia: MASCA.
  • Piperno, Dolores R., Bush, Mark B., and Colinvaux, Paul A. 1992. "Patterns of articulation of Culture and the Plant World in Prehistoric Panama 11,500-BP-3000 BP." in Archaeology and Environment in Latin America, edited by Ortiz-Troncoso, Omar and van Der Hammen, thomas., 109–127. Amsterdam: Institut Voor Pre-En Protohistorische Archeologie Albert Egges Van Giffen (IPP).
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1990. "Fitolitos, Arqueología y Cambios Prehistóricos de la Vegetación en un Lote de Cincuenta Hectáreas de la Isla de Barro Colorado." in Ecología de un bosque tropical: ciclos estacionales y cambios a largo plazo, edited by Rand, Austin Stanley, Windsor, Donald M., and Leigh, Egbert Giles, Jr., 153–156. Balboa, Republic of Panama: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1989. "Non-Affluent Foragers: Resource Availability, Seasonal Shortages and the Emergence of Agriculture in Panamanian Forests." in Foraging and Farming: The Evolution of Plant Exploitation, edited by Harris, David J. and Hillman, G., 538–554. London: Unwin-Hyman.
  • Cooke, Richard G., Piperno, Dolores R., Ranere, Anthony J., Clary, Karen Husum, Hansell, Patricia, Olson, Storrs L., Wilson, Valerio L., and Weiland, Doris. 1985. "La influencia de las poblaciones humanas sobre los ambientes terrestres de Panamá entre el 10,000 A.C. y el 500 D.C." in Agonía de la Naturaleza Ensayos sobre el costo ambiental del desarrollo Panameño, edited by Heckadon-Moreno, Stanley and Espinosa González, Jaime., 3–25. Panamá: Instituto de Investigación Agropecuaria de Panamá and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Clary, Karen Musum. 1984. "Early plant use and cultivation in the Santa Maria Basin, Panama: Data from phytoliths and pollen." in Recent Developments in Isthmian Archaeology: Advances in the Prehistory of Lower Central America, edited by Lange, Frederick W., 85–122. BAR International Series. Oxford, England: B.A.R.

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Book
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 2006. Phytoliths: a Comprehensive Guide for Archaeologists and Paleoecologists. Lanham, MD: Altamira Press.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. and Pearsal, Deborah M. 1998. Origins of Agriculture in the Lowland Neotropics. Academic Press.
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1988. Phytolith Analysis An Archaeological and Geological Perspective. San Diego: Academic Press.

 

Thesis
  • Piperno, Dolores R. 1983. "The Application of Phytolith Analisys to the Reconstruction of Plant Subsistence and Environments in Prehistoric Panamá(Ph.D. Dissertation)." Temple University.