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Archaeologists are currently analyzing plant remains found at a site

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Archaeologists are currently analyzing plant remains found at a site that was last occupied more than 10,000 years ago. If the plants were cultivated, then the people who occupied the site discovered agriculture thousands of years before any other people are known to have done so. On tbe other band, if the plants were wild - that is, uncultivated - then the people who occupied the site ate a wider variety of wild plants than did any other people at the time.

The statements above, if true, most strongly support which one of tbe following?

(A) The archaeologists analyzing tbe plant remains at the site will be able to determine whether the plants were cultivated or were wild.
(B) The people who occupied the site used some plants in ways that no other people did at that time.
(C) If the people who occupied the site had reached a more advanced stage in the use of wild plants than any other people at the time, then the plants found at tbe site were uncultivated.
(D) If the people who occupied the site discovered agriculture thousands of years before people anywhere else are known to have done so, then there are remains of cultivated plants at the site.
(E) It is more likely that the people who occupied the site discovered agriculture thousands of years before people anywhere else did than it is that they ate a wider variety of wild plants than any other people at tbe time.

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B says some plants isn't some a little ambiguous archeologists are discovering plant remains not some plant remains. Minus the sum B would be perfect.

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B says some plants isn't some a little ambiguous archeologists are discovering plant remains not some plant remains. Minus the sum B would be perfect.

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B is Fine
In Either of the results some ppl are using plants in a different way.

If the plants were cultivated, then the people who occupied the site discovered agriculture thousands of years before any other people are known to have done so.
people who occupied the site ate a wider variety of wild plants than did any other people at the time.
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Archaeologists are currently analyzing plant remains found at a site that was last occupied more than 10,000 years ago. If the plants were cultivated, then the people who occupied the site discovered agriculture thousands of years before any other people are known to have done so. On tbe other band, if the plants were wild - that is, uncultivated - then the people who occupied the site ate a wider variety of wild plants than did any other people at the time.

The statements above, if true, most strongly support which one of tbe following?

(A) The archaeologists analyzing the plant remains at the site will be able to determine whether the plants were cultivated or were wild. This information isn't stated by the passage. It just explains what could be inferred if the plants were cultivated or uncultivated.
(B) The people who occupied the site used some plants in ways that no other people did at that time. This looks good. There are two options: 1) If the plants were cultivated, the residents used agriculture when noone else did. 2) If the plants were uncultivated, the local people ate a bigger variety of plants than anyone else. Either way, they did something unique at this time.
(C) If the people who occupied the site had reached a more advanced stage in the use of wild plants than any other people at the time, then the plants found at tbe site were uncultivated. This might look tempting, but it twists the original logic. The passage states: If the site were uncultivated, the people ate a wider variety of wild plants. The problem is that we can't be sure that the opposite reasoning is true. What if the people there ate a bigger variety of wild plants but still cultivated their fields?
(D) If the people who occupied the site discovered agriculture thousands of years before people anywhere else are known to have done so, then there are remains of cultivated plants at the site.The reasoning is the same as in C) and hence faulty.
(E) It is more likely that the people who occupied the site discovered agriculture thousands of years before people anywhere else did than it is that they ate a wider variety of wild plants than any other people at tbe time. The passage doesn't mention any likelinesses, therefore we can't infer anything about probabilities.

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