Human history through lice

Project specs

Format

2D

Contact

David Reed - 2 - Lice

Country

USA

Length

2:00

Summary

This animation focuses on primate sucking lice and how they co-evolved with their hosts for over 25 million years, as they cannot live off the host and complete their life cycle on a single host. The human head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis, has undergone evolutionary changes that are synchronous with demographic changes of its human host. We now know that host-specific human parasites, especially lice, contain information about when and where archaic and modern human contact happened.

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