Lactase persistence and milk consumption in Europe: an interdisciplinary approach involving genetics and archaeology

  • Michela Leonardi AG Palaeogenetik, Institute of Anthropology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, D Human Evolutionary Ecology Group, Department of Anthropology, University College London, London
Keywords: lactase persistence, gene-culture coevolution, European Neolithic, genetics, dairying

Abstract

The ability to digest milk during adulthood (lactase persistence) is a genetically determined trait present only in humans. Its origin and diffusion are correlated with the development of pastoralism and the consumption of fresh milk. This work will present the genetic and archaeologi- cal data that allow the reconstruction of the co-evolutionary process between dairying culture and lactase persistence, as well as a discussion of the chronology and the way lactase persistence spread in Europe.

 

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Published
2013-12-08
How to Cite
Leonardi, M. (2013). Lactase persistence and milk consumption in Europe: an interdisciplinary approach involving genetics and archaeology. Documenta Praehistorica, 40, 84-96. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.40.8
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