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Malaria and RomeA History of Malaria in Ancient Italy$
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Robert Sallares

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248506

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248506.001.0001

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Evolution and prehistory of malaria

Evolution and prehistory of malaria

(p.23) 3 Evolution and prehistory of malaria
Malaria and Rome

Robert Sallares

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the timing of the introduction of falciparum malaria to southern Europe in antiquity. It moves backwards in time to discuss the earlier coevolution of malaria and modern humans and earlier species of hominids, and then returns towards the present to discuss theories about the spread of malaria in Europe during the Neolithic period. The significance of differences between the ancient European and modern tropical strains of Plasmodium falciparum, the most dangerous species of human malaria, is emphasized.

Keywords:   Plasmodium falciparum, malaria evolution, malaria strains, Neolithic Europe

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