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Eating cheese changed human skull shape, says study

Origin of farming, especially dairy products, had significantly affected shape of human skull


  |  Updated On : August 26, 2017 07:05 PM
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New Delhi :  

A new research has thrown light on the evolution or changes on the shape of human skulls.It says, the origin of farming, especially dairy products, had significantly affected it.

The largest changes in skull morphology were observed in groups consuming dairy products.This study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“At least in early farmers, milk did not make for bigger, stronger skull bones,” said David Katz, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Calgary.Researchers found modest changes in skull morphology for groups that consumed cereals, dairy, or both kinds of cereal and dairy.

Katz, with Professor Tim Weaver and statistician Mark Grote from the University of California-Davis, used a worldwide collection of 559 crania and 534 lower jaws (skull bones) from more than two dozen pre-industrial populations to model the influence of diet on the shape, form and size of the human skull during the transition to agriculture.

They found modest changes in skull morphology for groups that consumed cereals, dairy, or both cereals and dairy. “The main differences between forager and farmer skulls are where we would expect to find them, and change in ways we might expect them to if chewing demands decreased in farming groups,” said Katz.

According to the study, differences due to diet tended to be small compared to other factors, such as the difference between males and females or between individuals with the same diet from different populations, Katz said.

First Published: Saturday, August 26, 2017 06:58 PM


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