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  1. nyjammin

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sun Dec 16 2007 20:24:02
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    Since Christmas is coming upon us and Hanukkah has passed, do you think that Jesus or the people in Egypt during the Pharoh's times had bbs? Moses?

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sun Dec 16 2007 22:29:14
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    Bed bugs have been around a lot longer than either christmas or hanukkah. I would assume they predate humans. They were most assuredly around in that time.

  3. NotSoSnug

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Dec 17 2007 0:32:50
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    I've read that some bat bugs adapted to humans in caves they shared long ago and eventually became a separate species, preferrential to humans solely. To accept this one has to agree with evolutionary adaptation and cave dwelling humans. Otherwise I can't say.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Dec 17 2007 1:14:04
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    i wonder if anyone has done in-depth historical research on bedbugs? everything historical that i have read about the critters talks about either a) infestations in the 1700s or b) the cave dwelling batbugs.

    where, exactly, would you find evidence of bedbugs in an archaeological dig for example? that would be so interesting!

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Dec 17 2007 1:27:46
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    Jammin, this might be interesting to you: http://slog.thestranger.com/2007/07/bedbugs_be_gone

    And for you, lil_bit: http://www.antiquity.ac.uk/ant/073/Ant0730908.htm

    Happy Holidays!

  6. lil_bit_obsessed

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Dec 17 2007 1:55:43
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    hopelessnomo, you are brilliant! i do so love archaeology. unfortunately i would need a subscription to read it, but it sounds soooo good.

    you're like a walking bedbug library! haha.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Dec 17 2007 2:05:39
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    Anything from Sumer or Babylon? "By the waters, the waters of Babylon, we lay down and itched, and itched for thee Zion."

  8. lil_bit_obsessed

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Dec 17 2007 2:21:57
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    ah-HAH! found the archaeology article - university library database. muah-hah-hah.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Dec 17 2007 2:31:10
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    Now I'm jealous. Truth is I have never actually read it, 15 pounds being a small fortune. Now you know my secret.

    Please do summarize for us.

    Best...

  10. lil_bit_obsessed

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Dec 17 2007 2:46:27
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    ahhh, yes, the university database that i got it from is free if you have student access. good thing, i couldn't afford to buy it either. you can pm me your email address if you'd like, and i'll send you the pdf file. it's very short, and talks about fossilized bedbug remains found at an egyptian site that was lived in for over 25 years, first to house tomb builders, and then perhaps to house guards.

    there is also an interesting discussion about the potential links between the human version of the bedbug and the pigeon version. good article for sure. thanks again for suggesting it!

    p.s. nyjammin, to answer your earlier question: according to this article fossilized bedbugs have been found in human residences in egypt that are over 3550 years old! so they were likely kicking around in the time frame that you asked about...

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Dec 17 2007 11:43:41
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    Thanks!

  12. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Dec 17 2007 11:55:41
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    What a bunch of smarties!

    Oh, and I can assure you that Hopelessnomo actually IS a walking library. She astounds me in her range and ability to retain references.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 10 years ago
    Tue Dec 18 2007 20:30:18
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    Archaeologists have found bed bug fossil remains in Egypt....so we know they've been around at least 3000 years.


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