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People in Europe began drinking milk 7,500 years ago

Researchers have determined that the ability to digest lactose evolved in European dairy farming communities about 7,500 years ago.

University College London scientists said the genetic change that enabled early Europeans to drink milk without becoming sick has been mapped to dairying farmers who lived in a region between the central Balkans and central Europe.

In the new study, the researchers said they used a computer simulation model that integrated genetic and archaeological data using newly developed statistical approaches.

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