Antarctica’s Frozen Seal Mummies and the Spread of Tuberculosis
Join Professor Michael R Zimmerman from Villanova University as he discusses this fascinating area of research. Tuberculosis is well documented in ancient Egypt, as long ago as 5,000 years but a source of controversy is the presence or absence of the disease in the New World prior to European contact. Skeletal evidence of the disease in the New World is much more recent, 1,000 year old pre-Columbian Peruvian human remains. Recent genomic studies of 1,000 year old frozen seal mummies from Antarctica suggest that tuberculosis was spread from Africa to South America by infected seals.
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