Editor's Note: This piece was originally published online in the UNM BioBlog on Nov. 23, 2017, written by the students of the Biology Department’s BioBlog class. This is part of our project to help connect the Daily Lobo audience to more members of our community.

When you look down on your Thanksgiving dinner plate, do you see a distortion of evolution? If not, you should. What we consider to be corn today is more robust than what was eaten by early settlers, and is unrecognizable compared to its ancestor, teosinte. A recent UNM BioBlog discusses how and why teosinte, a wild grass that produces a small, 2-inch “cob,” evolved into modern corn.

This BioBlog was written by the students in the BioBlog class, that includes one post-doc, two graduate and two undergraduate students, all of whom love corn. Jenna McCullough, the graduate student co-instructor, can be contacted at mcculloughj@unm.edu.