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Ancient faeces reveal how 'marsh diet' left Bronze Age Fen folk infected with parasites

August 16, 2019 - General

New research published today in the journal Parasitology shows how the prehistoric inhabitants of a settlement in the freshwater marshes of eastern England were infected by intestinal worms caught from foraging for food in the lakes and waterways around their homes.

Microscopic eggs of fish tapeworm (left), giant kidney worm (centre), and Echinostoma worm (right)
from the Must Farm excavation. Black scale bar represents 20…

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