A review of the evidence of human endoparasitism in the pre-Columbian new world through the study of coprolites

@article{Horne1985ARO,
  title={A review of the evidence of human endoparasitism in the pre-Columbian new world through the study of coprolites},
  author={P. Horne},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Science},
  year={1985},
  volume={12},
  pages={299-310}
}
  • P. Horne
  • Published 1985
  • Biology
  • Journal of Archaeological Science
Abstract A review of helminth eggs encountered in precontact, human coprolites and palaeofaecal material from mummified human remains of the New World is presented. Included is a brief description of parasites and their effects on the host from the three phyla represented, Nematoda (roundworms), Platyhelminthes (flatworms) and Acanthocephala (thorny-headed worms). 
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