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1 February 2008 A Tick From a Prehistoric Arizona Coprolite
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Ticks have never been reported in archaeological analyses. Here, we present the discovery of a tick from a coprolite excavated from Antelope Cave in extreme northwest Arizona. Dietary analysis indicates that the coprolite has a human origin. This archaeological occupation is associated with the Ancestral Pueblo culture (Anasazi). This discovery supports previous hypotheses that ticks were a potential source of disease and that ectoparasites were eaten by ancient people.
Keith L. Johnson, Karl J. Reinhard, Luciana Sianto, Adauto Araújo, Scott L. Gardner and John Janovy "A Tick From a Prehistoric Arizona Coprolite," Journal of Parasitology 94(1), (1 February 2008). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-1059.1
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