Lactose Tolerance Came From Central Asia Approximately 4,000 Years Ago

That recent study published in the journal Nature, that I commented on last week, also documents that Europeans began digesting cow’s milk about 4,000 years ago and that was all thanks to a group of nomadic Russian herders from Great Steppes. This contradicts a long time understanding that the genetic mutation for lactose tolerance was... Continue Reading →

New Results On The Domestication Of Barley In Iran & Cattle In Turkey

Two papers have come out this week that refine our understanding of the agricultural revolution in the Neolithic Near East. The first is actually an advance copy, "Population Based Re-sequencing Reveals that the Flowering Time Adaptation of Cultivated Barley Originated East of the Fertile Crescent," published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, in which... Continue Reading →

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