Study of nearly 500 human pelvises reveals intestinal parasites plagued early UK

Intestinal parasitic worms were historically a problem for people in the U.K, and those who lived in the British Isles during the Roman (43 A.D. to circa 140 A.D.) and late medieval periods (11th to 16th centuries) suffered the most from these harmful organisms, according to a new study. 

Zoologists and archaeologists teamed up and examined the remains of more than 400 individuals who lived in the U.K. from prehistoric times to the Victorian era, to investigate how these parasitic infections changed over time in the U.K. The researchers hope that their findings will inform the fight against parasites today, particularly in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. 

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