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1 February 2009 Scanning Electron Microscope Study of Ancient Parasite Eggs Recovered From Korean Mummies of the Joseon Dynasty
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We have previously shown that parasite eggs have been identified in the coprolites of Korean mummies. These eggs have shed light on parasitic infection patterns in Korean populations living several hundred years ago. We conducted a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) study on ancient Trichuris trichiura, Ascaris lumbricoides, Metagonimus yokogawai, Paragonimus westermani, and Gymnophalloides seoi eggs recovered from Korean mummies of the Joseon Dynasty. We anticipated that the taphonomic conditions of mummification would alter the eggs of certain species but not of others. Our SEM data show that each species of ancient egg exhibited different degrees of preservation. Thus, some of them, for example, M. yokogawai, exhibited a better preservation status than others, suggesting that they should be the first candidates considered when choosing subjects for future paleoparasitological studies.
Dong Hoon Shin, Do-Seon Lim, Ki-Ju Choi, Chang Seok Oh, Myeung Ju Kim, In Sun Lee, Seok Bae Kim, Jeong Eun Shin, Gi Dae Bok, Jong Yil Chai and Min Seo "Scanning Electron Microscope Study of Ancient Parasite Eggs Recovered From Korean Mummies of the Joseon Dynasty," Journal of Parasitology 95(1), (1 February 2009). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-1588.1
Received: 29 January 2008; Accepted: 1 July 2008; Published: 1 February 2009
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