Dairying history and the evolution of lactase persistence

Gerbault, P. and Roffet-Salque, M. 2017. Dairying history and the evolution of lactase persistence. Cahiers de Nutrition et de Diététique. 52 (Supp. 1), pp. S19-S24. doi:10.1016/S0007-9960(17)30195-5

TitleDairying history and the evolution of lactase persistence
AuthorsGerbault, P. and Roffet-Salque, M.
Abstract

This chapter covers archaeological and biological studies that have been insightful in the understanding of dairying history and the evolution of lactase persistence in humans. More specifically, we report results from lipid residue analyses on archaeological pottery vessels, ancient and modern human DNA and explain the biology and genetics of lactase persistence. Available data suggests that domesticated animals were used for milk consumption by humans early in the Neolithic, while contemporaneous populations seem to have been mainly lactose intolerant. This contrasts with modern European populations, which show a generally high proportion of lactase persistence.

JournalCahiers de Nutrition et de Diététique
Journal citation52 (Supp. 1), pp. S19-S24
Year2017
PublisherElsevier
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/S0007-9960(17)30195-5
Web address (URL)https://cnd.elsevierresource.com/histoire-de-lutilisation-des-laitages-et-de-la-persistance-du-gene-de-la-lactase
Publication dates
Published20 Dec 2017

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