The 700-year-old Mexican Mummy With A Tummy Ache

Monday, July 14, 2008 - 20:21 in Paleontology & Archaeology

Remnants of the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori, have been discovered in gastric tissue from North American mummies. A study of human remains believed to predate Columbus' discovery of the New World has shown for the first time that H. pylori infection occurred in native populations.

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