The old Britons were the giant worms in their kidneys, a study shows

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The old British have cooked the fish longer.

In a recent study conducted by the University of Cambridge has revealed that bronze age Britons had the worms in the kidneys of the measure more than three feet in length. The researchers believe that it is the people who make the deadly worms-along with a host of other pests–due to the consumption of raw fish, frogs, and crustaceans and molluscs are caught in fresh-water swamps and marshes.

The ancient Britons are described in the study, which was published in the journal of Parasitology, who lives in a town called, Have a Farm, and is situated in a marsh in the east of England.

Their houses are perched on stilts built over the water, and the people were able to walk to the islands at the top by wooden causeways.

Even though the settlement is burned down 3,000 years ago, during a large fire in a lot of artifacts that fell into the mud, where they were kept, leading local archaeologists to refer to the charred remains of the city, which was discovered in 1999-when “Britain’s Pompeii.”

Human feces were preserved in the mud, and were analyzed by the University of Cambridge team.


Illustrates the reconstruction of the Farm-houses on stilts.
(Credit: V. Herring, Cambridge Archaeological Unit)

“We were able to obtain samples of the feces in one of two ways,” lead study author Piers Mitchell, D. Ph., of Cambridge’s Department of Archaeology, told Fox News. “First of all, we will be in the sample and in the mud, under, and around each of the huts, and the coprolites (preserved pieces of excrement) that had been in the mud, the archaeologists, they excavated at the site.

This fossilized feces where they have found it to be remarkably well-preserved parasite eggs.

The researchers believe that the human and animal waste products that have accumulated in the still water, the settling of the affected fish, frogs, and crustaceans with parasites that could infect humans if eaten raw.

While some of the parasites found, including fish tapeworms, and Echinostoma worms can cause diseases such as sickle cell anemia, the giant kidney worm, it can kill you.


The microscopic eggs of the fish tapeworm (on the left), the giant kidney worm (in the middle), and Echinostoma worm (on the right) on the Must Farm excavations. The black scale bar represents 20 µm. (Credit: M. Ledger, the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, england)

“The giant kidney worm, which can destroy the kidneys in which they are growing, and we only have two kidneys,” Mitchell explained. “For this cause shall a worm in each kidney and this could lead to the eventual death of the affected person of kidney failure. The fish tapeworm, and Echinostoma worm infection, it would not kill the host, but it can lead to malnutrition and a stomach infection which is infected with lots of worms.”

The team found that the parasite has infected the local dogs, which leads them to believe that the ancient Britons were sharing food with their pets.

Also, the contamination of animals in the pig whipworm, and Capillaria worm, so it would seem that everything in the environment– human or animal– had some sort of parasite to be treated. Still, while the findings of the study are not free, and Mitchell and his team have been very pleased with their findings.


Photo of the Farm site at the time of the excavation. (Credit: D. Webb, Cambridge Archaeological Unit)

“It was a great thing to have in order to find the earliest evidence of the fish tapeworm, the giant kidney worm, and Echinostoma worm, so far as has been discovered in great Britain,” he said. “This goes to show that it is to live in the wetlands that protected them against the types of parasites that are typically infected late bronze age-farmers of the time, but it will put them at risk from new kinds of parasites, which is taken from the consumption of the food derived from the water that surrounds them.”

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