Latest George Armelagos Stories
Skeletons don't lie.
Mummies from along the Nile are revealing how age-old irrigation techniques may have boosted the plague of schistosomiasis, a water-borne parasitic disease that infects an estimated 200 million people today.
A chemical analysis of the bones of ancient Nubians shows that they were regularly consuming tetracycline, most likely in their beer.
Ancient human teeth are telling secrets that may relate to modern-day health: Some stressful events that occurred early in development are linked to shorter life spans.
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but when he sailed back 'cross the sea, he may have spread a new disease — syphilis. The first recorded epidemic of syphilis happened during the Renaissance in 1495.
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