Re: Pre-contact diseases anyone???

Ethan Vishniac (
16 Jun 1995 20:49:57 GMT


>Here's the reference I found:
> Jackes MK.
> Osteological evidence for smallpox: a possible case from
> seventeenth century Ontario.
> American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 60(1):75-81,
> 1983 Jan.


However, although this suggests that smallpox can leave detectable
traces on bones, it doesn't provide any support for the notion
that smallpox made it to the Americas before Columbus.

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Ethan T. Vishniac
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