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Paleolithic milk-based paint found on stone tool

Researchers studying residue found on a 49,000-year-old stone tool have discovered a paint made from milk and ochre. While the use of ochre by early humans dates to at least 250,000 years ago in Europe and Africa, this is the first time a paint containing ochre and milk has ever been

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

Milk drinkers brought farming to Europe

New research shows that milk-drinking immigrants from the Middle East during the Neolithic period brought agriculture to Europe. The new settlers also had something of a miracle food at their disposal. They produced fresh milk, which, as a result of a genetic mutation, they were soon able to drink in

Increased consumption of milk led to taller people

A study of human bones from the 8th century B.C. to the 18th century A.D. shows that the increased consumption of milk led to an increase in average height. The "anthropometric" approach pursued by Nikola Koepke of Oxford University, which combines biology and archaeology, suggests longer bone length is indicative

Stone Age Scandinavians could not digest milk

The Stone Age people who lived in Scandinavia 4,000 years ago were lactose intolerant, prompting scientists to conclude that the modern Scandinavians descended from a different group of people. "This group of hunter-gatherers differed significantly from modern Swedes in terms of the DNA sequence that we generally associate with a

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