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Title: Parasites as probes for prehistoric migrations? (galley proofs)
Other Titles: Parasites as probes for prehistoric human migrations?
Authors: Araújo, Adauto José Goncalves de
Reinhard, Karl Jan
Silva, Luiz Fernando Rocha Ferreira da
Gardner, Scott Lyell
Affilliation: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sergio Arouca. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sergio Arouca. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sergio Arouca. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sergio Arouca. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
Abstract: Host-specific parasites of humans are used to track ancient migrations. The archaeoparasitology of some intestinal parasites in the New World points to migration routes other than the Bering Land Bridge. Helminths have been found in mummies and coprolites in North and South America. Hookworms (Necator and Ancylostoma), whipworms (Trichuris trichiura) and other helminths require specific conditions for life-cycle completion. They could not survive in the cold climate of the northern region of the Americas. Therefore, humans would have lost some intestinal parasites while crossing Beringia. Evidence is provided here from published data of pre-Columbian sites for the peopling of the Americas through trans-oceanic or costal migrations.
Keywords: Archeoparasitology
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: ARAÚJO, Adauto José Gonçalves de et al. Parasites as probes for prehistoric migrations? (galley proofs). Papers in Natural Resources, v. 24, n. 3, p. 1-6, 2008.
Copyright: open access
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