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Quantifying the evolution of animal dairy intake in humans using calcium isotopes

Tacail, Théo; Martin, Jeremy E.; Herrscher, Estelle; Albalat, Emmanuelle; Verna, Christine; Ramirez-Rozzi, Fernando; Clark, Geoffrey; Valentin, Frederique; Balter, Vincent


The contribution of dairy products to modern human diets has a debated role in the expansion of Neolithic economies and the dynamics of demographic transitions. While current methods allow discussing dairy production and processing, no approach allows reconstructing quantitatively its effective consumption. Calcium isotopes (δ44/42Ca) potentially represent such a marker due to the abundance of isotopically fractionated Ca in dairy products. Here, we test Ca isotope sensitivity to dietary intake...[Show more]

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Date published: 2021-02-27
Type: Journal article
Source: Quaternary Science Reviews
DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.106843


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