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Infections Found In The Remains Of Slaves Who Came To America From Afric

Infections Found In The Remains Of Slaves Who Came To America From Afric

Researchers have studied the skeletons of three "first generation" slaves who arrived from Africa to the territory of modern Mexico in the XVI century, and found numerous injuries and infections, according to the Max Planck Institute for Research in Human History (MPI SHH) in the German city of Jena.

Scientists from this Institute, together with the National Institute of anthropology and history in Mexico, analyzed the features of three skeletons from a mass grave, their genetic data, and isotopes.

"Combining molecular biology, isotope data, and bioinformatics tools with classic historical, anthropological, and archaeological data have allowed us to gain insight into the life history of some of the earliest African slaves in America," said Johannes Krause, Director of the MPI SHH Department of archaeogenetics.

During the analysis of the remains of three people, scientists found traces of numerous injuries. Also, the results of the study showed that one of them was infected with a strain of the hepatitis b virus. Another showed signs of yawning.

These findings may support the view that several infectious diseases were brought to the continent from the Old world as a result of the slave trade.

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