Oldest known parasite found in 6,200-year-old skeleton

June 20, 2014 9:07 AM

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Oldest known parasite found in 6,200-year-old skeleton

In a skeleton more than 6,200 years old, scientists have found the earliest known evidence of infection with a parasitic worm that now afflicts more than 200 million people worldwide.

Archaeologists discovered a parasite egg near the pelvis of a child skeleton in northern Syria and say it dates back to a time when ancient societies first used irrigation systems to grow crops.

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