Primates were the first ones to consume alcohol

December 2, 2014 4:02 PM

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Primates were the first ones to consume alcohol

A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, points out that primates consumed alcohol in some form 10 million years ago. Though intentional brewing of alcohol began in about 10,000 BC, accidental consumption of alcohol could have begun a lot earlier.

Scientists analyzed primate genes worth nearly 70 million years from various data banks and found that they had digestive enzymes that would allow them to consume ethanol, which is alcohol in another form, found in rotting fruit.

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