For the lactose intolerant among us, the lure of ice cream can sometimes be too much to bear. But as a recent discovery shows, this dietary dilemma dates back to prehistory. By examining plaque on the teeth of British Neolithic remains, a research team found what is, to date, the earliest direct evidence of humans consuming milk from other animals anywhere in the world, as a University of York press release notes.

Sadly for the prehistoric farmers, they were likely lactose intolerant.

Around 6,000 years ago, seven people living in three British Neolithic sites—Hambledon Hill and Hazleton North in the south, and Banbury Lane a bit more to the east—imbibed or consumed enough milk products to leave traces behind on their teeth. They were recently found by researchers affiliated with and based out of the University of York, who have previously examined teeth for signs of milk consumption and sourced these human remains from the archeological collections of institutions such as the Dorset County Museum.

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