Earliest date for milk use in the Near East and southeastern Europe linked to cattle herding

  title={Earliest date for milk use in the Near East and southeastern Europe linked to cattle herding},
  author={Richard P. Evershed and Sebastian Payne and Andrew G. Sherratt and Mark S. Copley and Jennifer Coolidge and Duska Urem-Kotsu and Kostas Kotsakis and Mehmet {\"O}zdoǧan and Asl{\'y} E. {\"O}zdoğan and Olivier P. Nieuwenhuyse and Peter M.M.G. Akkermans and D. Bailey and Radian-Romus Andeescu and Stuart Campbell and Shahina Farid and Ian Hodder and Nur Yalman and Mihriban {\"O}zbaşaran and Erhan Bıçakçı and Yossef Garfinkel and Thomas E. Levy and Margie Burton},
The domestication of cattle, sheep and goats had already taken place in the Near East by the eighth millennium bc. Although there would have been considerable economic and nutritional gains from using these animals for their milk and other products from living animals—that is, traction and wool—the first clear evidence for these appears much later, from the late fifth and fourth millennia bc. Hence, the timing and region in which milking was first practised remain unknown. Organic residues… 

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