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World’s oldest cheese may have been discovered in Croatian pottery

It’s no secret that humans have long loved cheesy goodness, but pinpointing the exact date of cheesemaking’s advent in different parts of the world has proved challenging for archaeologists. Now, an international team of scientists claim to have found evidence of the world’s earliest cheese by examining traces of fat found on ancient pottery shards at two sites in Croatia, National Geographic reports. The researchers analyzed the carbon content of the residues to see whether they came from meat, milk, or cheese, and concluded that the ancient society might have been making cheese some 7200 years ago, they report this week in PLOS ONE. Other researchers, however, have voiced skepticism, claiming the study cannot show that the remnants definitively came from cheese and not fatty meats or liquid milk.

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