Interbreeding of Neanderthals & Modern humans

Barry M. OConnor bmoc at UMICH.EDU
Thu Oct 21 11:27:49 CDT 2004

At 9:49 AM -0500 10/21/04, Vince Smith wrote:

>Regarding other human parasites, there are in fact four additional
>parasite taxa that have closely related taxonomic pairs infecting
>humans. These are tapeworms, follicle mites, a protozoan and bedbugs.
Before going too far with this, I'm unaware of any modern phylogenetic
study that suggests the two species of Demodex mites occurring on humans
are particularly closely related. Species in this genus occur on all
mammalian groups (cetaceans excepted?). Being endoparasites, Demodex mites
have little to work with in the way of morphology, so it's up to some
molecular analysis to answer this question. - Barry

So many mites, so little time!
Barry M. OConnor
Professor & Curator             phone: (734) 763-4354
Museum of Zoology               FAX: (734) 763-4080
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