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Livestock and dairying led to dramatic social changes in ancient Mongolia, study shows

Horses and Gers near Khoton (Syrgal) Lake near the Altai Mountains of Mongolia. Credit: N. Bayarkhuu, CC-BY 4.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

The movement of herders and livestock into the eastern steppe is of great interest to researchers, but few scholars have linked the introduction of herds and horses to the rise of complex societies.

Now, a new study in the journal PLOS ONE provides interdisciplinary support for connections between livestock dairying and the rise of social complexity in the eastern steppe. Using proteomic analysis of human dental calculus from sites in the Mongolian Altai,…

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