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ELECTRON MICROSCOPY OF PARASITE REMAINS ON THE PITCHFORK MUMMY AND POSSIBLE SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS

George W. Gill and Douglas W. Owsley
Plains Anthropologist
Vol. 30, No. 107 (February 1985), pp. 45-50
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25668508
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

Electron microscopy of strands of head hair from an early historic Wyoming mummy reveals evidence for the presence of Pediculus humanus capitis, the human head louse. The Pediculus eggs are found in high density along the strands of hair. In the case of this mummy it would seem that normal grooming activities had decreased for a substantial period of time prior to death. The parasite data serve to corroborate information from associated grave materials, skeletal analysis, and historic documentation from the region, all of which suggest the possibility of warrior and renegade status.

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