The History of Europeans Drinking Cow’s Milk

Photo by Flickr User cyclonebill, via Munchies

Photo by Flickr User cyclonebill, via Munchies

If you’re a lactose-intolerant European, a new study may help you narrow some of your ancestral roots without paying a cent to Ancestry.com. Contrary to long-held scientific belief that Anatolian farmers introduced milk tolerance to Europe around 6500 BC, a new study in the journal Nature found that Russian herders actually brought milk tolerance to Europe just 4,000 years ago. (And here we were giving flack to Russian cheese.)

“Everyone assumed it came to Europe with the first farmers,” said Dr. Bastien Llamas, one of the co-authors of the study.

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