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Columbus wasn't a complete louse it would seem

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posted on May, 28 2008 @ 11:55 PM
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That's lice




When two pre-Columbian individuals died 1,000 years ago, arid conditions in the region of what is now Peru naturally mummified their bodies, as well as the lice in their long, braided hair....


The DNA matched that of the most common type of louse known to exist worldwide now and also before Europeans colonized the New World.


The findings absolve Columbus of responsibility for at least one wrong unintentionally wrought on the people he found in the Americas and called Indians. The Europeans who followed Columbus to America may have introduced diseases, namely smallpox and measles, but not the most common of lice, as had been suspected.





It also means that no transmission of lice to Peru occurred prior Columbus and Pizarro showing up....

It had been thought the Norse would have transmitted the lice but it appeared not to have gotten to Peru if it was transmitted at all.




posted on May, 30 2008 @ 07:40 PM
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What is most interesting here is that no evidence of the old world lice has been detected. If they had been this would have been evidence for pre-columbian contacts.



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