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12 April 2021 Review of Parasites Found in Extinct Animals: What Can Be Revealed
Paula Cascardo, Elisa Pucu, Daniela Leles
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Parasitism is inherent to life and observed in all species. Extinct animals have been studied to understand what they looked like, where and how they lived, what they fed on, and the reasons they became extinct. Paleoparasitology helps to clarify these questions based on the study of the parasites and microorganisms that infected those animals, using as a source material coprolites, fossils in rock, tissue, bone, mummy, and amber, analyses of ancient DNA, immunodiagnosis, and microscopy.

© American Society of Parasitologists 2021
Paula Cascardo, Elisa Pucu, and Daniela Leles "Review of Parasites Found in Extinct Animals: What Can Be Revealed," Journal of Parasitology 107(2), 275-283, (12 April 2021). https://doi.org/10.1645/20-30
Published: 12 April 2021
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