hist-brewing: chewing grains

Martyn Cornell mcornell at blueyonder.co.uk
Tue Mar 2 16:26:12 PST 2010

Indeed: a precisely similar evolution occurred in several different places
8000 or fewer years ago in relation to cattle/dairy farming and lactose
tolerance, which actually supplied pressures that drove the evolution of
both human genes and cattle genes. See


On 02/03/2010 04:20, "Greg Lindahl" <lindahl at pbm.com> wrote:

> Speaking of amylase, I was reading an article on recent human
> evolution in the New York Times today, and ran across:
>   Amylase is an enzyme in the saliva that breaks down starch. People who
>   live in agrarian societies eat more starch and have extra copies of
>   the amylase gene compared with people who live in societies that
>   depend on hunting or fishing.
> Interesting, no? It's referring to evolution between 10,000 years ago
> (the start of agriculture) and now.
> -- greg
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