A thousand years ago, Central Europeans digested milk as well as us today

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 12:01 in Paleontology & Archaeology

Back in the Middle Ages, Central Europeans were already capable of digesting milk, yogurt and cheese just as well as most people of European descent are today. Researchers have discovered that the population of the medieval town of Dalheim had a similar genetic predisposition for milk digestion to present-day Germans and Austrians. Moreover, the study reveals that lactose tolerance was more widespread than previously believed.  

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