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Ancient North Africans got milk

Herders began dairying around 7,000 years ago

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3:20pm, June 20, 2012

Animal herders living in what was a grassy part of North Africa’s Sahara Desert around 7,000 years ago had a taste for cattle milk, or perhaps milk products such as butter. Researchers have identified a chemical signature of dairy fats on the inside surfaces of pottery from that time.

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