Got Milk? Research Finds Evidence of Dairy Farming 7,000 Years Ago in Sahara
New research brings us proof that prehistoric humans not only drank cow's milk, but processed it into yogurt, butter and cheese. Scientists believe this may have been when lactose-intolerance in humans began to decline.
By analyzing pottery fragments, Dunne and her colleagues have now shown that these early herders were not only milking their livestock, but also processing that milk into products like yogurt, cheese and butter.
"The most exciting thing about this is that milk is one of the only foodstuffs that gives us carbohydrates, protein and fat," all in one substance, Dunne told LiveScience. "So it was incredibly beneficial for prehistoric people to use milk."