Seals, Not Europeans, Brought Tuberculosis to New World

Seals, Not Europeans, Brought Tuberculosis to New World

Genetic tests have cast doubt on the long-held belief that Europeans arriving in the Americas in the 15th century introduced tuberculosis to the New World. The new evidence, collected from ancient Peruvian skeletons that predate the Europeans’ arrival by about 500 years, suggests it was not humans at all but seals that first brought TB to the Americas. Researchers hypothesize that seals picked up the disease from infected humans in Africa, where TB originated, and then carried it across the ocean to the Americas, where they were hunted and eaten, thereby transmitting the disease to humans there. More… Discuss

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2 responses to “Seals, Not Europeans, Brought Tuberculosis to New World

  1. In other news – seagulls, not Spaniards, robbed the gold from the America’s, and it appears red ants were behind the slave trade.

    • Isn’t it interesting how the blame game always victimizes the victim? It’s all the guilty can do: blame on…Rio! or on the stars never on themselves. And yet, we buy it, generation after generation, as if a great gift were imparted upon us, the sharing of history as the guilty records it for posterity! Thanks for your comment Michael! We still have to address smallpox, syphilis, alcohol, and my favorite: Korn!

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