Paleoparasitology of Egypt and North Africa
This course serves an introduction to paleoparasitology. This branch of science began more than 100 years ago with the discovery of the eggs of the human blood fluke, a schistosome, in histologic sections of tissues from organs of Egyptian mummies. The work expanded in modern times as it became associated both with archaeology and paleoanthropology. Much of the research today utilizes minimally invasive methods to examine ancient remains and is aided greatly by new molecular approaches. The course will examine the different methodologies and findings that have been unearthed in Ancient Egypt and north Africa in natural and manmade mummified remains of humans and animals and through the careful examination of different archaeological sites.
Students enroll in BIOMS 1311.