Re: Pre-contact diseases anyone???

Ethan Vishniac (
15 Jun 1995 18:19:07 GMT

John D. Brennan IV <> wrote:
> pictured a new bone find exhibiting the effects of
>smallpox dated several hundred years before Columbus. If you can find
>that there's more references in the back of the magazine.

Smallpox causes bone lesions? Are you sure you aren't thinking
of tuberculosis? I remember some news about that, but nothing
about smallpox.

"Quis tamen tale studium, quo ad primam omnium rerum causam evehimur,
tamquam inutile aut contemnendum detractare ac deprimere ausit?"-Bridel

Ethan T. Vishniac
Dept. of Astronomy also Associate Professor of Astrophysiology
The University of Texas G.G. Simpson Hereditable Chair of Evilution
Austin, Texas, 78712 University of Ediacara `Knowledge, Wisdom, Beer'