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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 105, No. 8, 2010, pp. 1054-1056
Bioline Code: oc10180
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 105, No. 8, 2010, pp. 1054-1056

 en Paleoparasitologic, paleogenetic and paleobotanic analysis of XVIII century coprolites from the church La Concepción in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Botella, Herminia Gijón; Vargas, José A. Afonso; de la Rosa, Matilde Arnay; Leles, Daniela; Reimers, Emilio González; Vicente, Ana Carolina P. & Iñiguez, Alena M.

Abstract

We present the results of a paleoparasitologic, paleogenetic and paleobotanic analysis of coprolites recovered during the excavation of the church La Concepción in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Coprolites (n = 4) were rehydrated and a multidisciplinary analysis was conducted. The paleobotanic analysis showed numerous silicates, seeds and fruits of the family Moraceae. In the paleoparasitologic study, Ascaris sp. eggs (n = 344) were identified. The paleogenetic results confirmed the Ascaris check for this species in other resources sp. infection as well as the European origin of human remains. These findings contribute to our knowledge of ancient helminthes infections and are the first paleoparasitological re- cord of Ascaris sp. infection in Spain.

Keywords
paleoparasitology - Ascaris sp. - paleobotany - coprolite - paleogenetic - Canary Islands - ancient DNA

 
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