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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 104, No. 1, 2009, pp. 37-42
Bioline Code: oc09006
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 104, No. 1, 2009, pp. 37-42

 en Parasites in rodent coprolites from the historical archaeological site Alero Mazquiarán, Chubut Province, Argentina
Sardella, Norma Haydée & Fugassa, Martín Horacio


The aim of this study was to examine the parasitic remains that were found in rodent coprolites collected from the archaeological site Alero Mazquiarán (Chubut Province, 45º44'15"S, 70°25'9"W), which is assigned to the interface of the Araucanian and Tehuelche cultures, dated at 212 ± 35 years B.P. The faecal material from two unidentified rodent species (X-10 and X-11) was collected from one human pelvic cavity found in a multiple burial. The faecal samples were processed and examined using paleoparasitological procedures. The X-10 coprolites were positive for eggs of Monoecocestus sp. (Cestoda: Anoplocephalidae) and the X-11 faeces were positive for Pterygodermatites check for this species in other resources sp. (Nematoda: Rictulariidae), Trichosomoides check for this species in other resources sp. (Nematoda: Trichosomoididae) and Monoecocestus check for this species in other resources sp. In this study, we discuss parasitic life cycles, the zoonotic importance of parasites and the behaviour of the aboriginal people.

paleoparasitology- - helminths - rodents - Patagonia - nematodes - anoplocephaliids

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