Tooth plaque shows drinking milk goes back 3,000 years in Mongolia

Milk proteins preserved in tartar show that ancient Mongolians drank cow, yak and sheep milk

yaks in Mongolia

MODERN MILK  Seven species of animals, including yaks (shown), are milked in Mongolia today; recent research suggests that yaks were milked in the region 3,000 years ago, too.

C. Warinner

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