Monday, 27 June 2016

Some Of History's Most Beautiful Combs Were Made For Lice Removal

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Thirty years ago, parasitologist Kostas Mumcuoglu and anthropologist Joseph Zias were examining a first-century hair comb excavated from the West Bank when they found a surprise lurking in its fine teeth: 10 head lice and 27 louse eggs.

The presence of these parasites was a major shake-up. They had assumed that combs were used almost exclusively for cosmetic purposes. Now it appears that they were also used as de-lousing implements.

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