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Human Coprolites from Antelope House: Preliminary Analysis

Gary Fry and H. J. Hall
Kiva
Vol. 41, No. 1, Environment and Behavior at Antelope House (Fall, 1975), pp. 87-96
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30246609
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Human Coprolites from Antelope House: Preliminary Analysis
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Abstract

Preliminary analysis of the human coprolites from Antelope House indicates that corn and squash were the primary domestic foods. These resources were greatly supplemented by a wide variety of wild plant foods, apparently indicative of adaptation to a broad spectrum pattern of resource utilization. Meat consumption is inferred from the presence of bone, hair, and feathers in the coprolites. Parasite analysis has demonstrated the presence of the ubiquitous, but exclusively human, pinworn (Enterobius vermicularis). In addition, free-living rhabditoid nematodes and mites have been identified in the samples.

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