Louse Stories

Who needs the Duke of Wellington, when you have lice defending your homeland! 

 

 

 

 Maybe the general would have been better served by a microscope when he invaded Russia. Recent studies  show that louse mediated typhus dealt a serious blow to Napoleon's Russian campaign!

 The Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lice are helping us determine when we first got dressed and who our ancestors hung out with. 

 

 

Clothing lice (aka, body lice) provide clues to when we first donned this unique "habitat". A study by the Reed lab at     University of Florida supports a date of nearly 170,000 years ago!  The story

  

 We got crab lice from where!?   Watch this Nova video to find out. Video

  

  

 


Thanks to evolution most head lice now have resistance to pyrethrin-based treatments, but hot air always works.

 

 

Like any organism, populations of head lice respond to natural selection in their environment.

The study

It is much tougher to develop resistance to desiccation.

The study