Paleoparasitology is the study of parasites in ancient human and animal remains, including fossils, mummies, coprolites (fossilized faeces), or calcified cysts. This field of study uses a range of techniques, including microscopy, DNA analysis, and biomolecular techniques to identify and study ancient parasites.
The study of ancient parasites can provide insights into the health and lifestyles of past populations. The presence of parasites in ancient remains can indicate the prevalence of certain diseases and the living conditions of the people at the time (lack of hygiene for e.g.). It has contributed to our understanding of the evolution of parasites and their interactions with humans throughout history.
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