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Diet and Parasitism at Dust Devil Cave

  • Karl J. Reinhard (a1), J. Richard Ambler (a2) and Magdalene McGuffie (a3)

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Analysis of 100 desiccated feces of the Desha Complex (6800–4800 B.C.) from Dust Devil Cave near Navajo Mountain in southern Utah shows high proportions of Chenopodium seed and an absence of parasitic round-worms. Conversely, fecal remains from other sites in the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau show high incidences of parasite infection and low frequencies of Chenopodium. The implications of Chenopodium as a vermifuge are discussed.

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Diet and Parasitism at Dust Devil Cave

  • Karl J. Reinhard (a1), J. Richard Ambler (a2) and Magdalene McGuffie (a3)

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