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Feces Happens

Researchers have finally identified a mysterious parasite that bugged Hippocrates 2,500 years ago



THE STUDY OF DECOMPOSED, parasite-riddled human feces does not seem like an especially rewarding one, but for one team of researchers it provided the answer to a 2,500-year-old mystery. Scientists studying prehistoric poop on the Greek island of Kea were able to finally identify the parasitic worms Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician widely considered the father of modern medicine, described in his famous medical texts.

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