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Neolitic settlers in France could not digest milk

DNA analysis performed on Neolithic remains of modern humans in France show that they did not have the genetic mutation that allows them to digest fresh milk.

The researchers were able to deduce from their findings that the peoples in this region of France were of a genetic type more closely related to Basque and Spanish populations than current western European populations. They were also more closely related to peoples in Cyprus, Portugal, Turkey, Italy and Lebanon.

None of them carried the gene for lactase persistence that is believed to have first evolved around 5,500 BC in Central Europe and which allowed humans to drink fresh milk after they are weaned.

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Story: Elizabeth Weise, USA Today | Photo: USA Today

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