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Dr David I. Gibson D.Gibson at nhm.ac.uk
Mon Jul 21 03:29:55 EST 1997

At 08:00 20/07/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Two items I hope that somebody can steer me towards. 

> The second relates to techtonic plate movements and the theory of continental 
>drift. I understand this was first proposed by a parasitologist who studied
parasites of fresh-water fish in South America and Australia. Can anybody
give me his name or a 
>reference of this work? I'm trying to gather interesting parasitological
topics for use 
>in a potential PBS series for the ASP, along the lines of 'Cosmos,' but for
>One part would cover parasites in history, so if anyone cares to offer
their favorite 
>historical parasite topic, then I'd be much intrigued and thankful.

You might take a look at Manter's work on Glaxias and fish parasite
zoogeorgaphy (1955, Exp. Parasit. 4, 62-86): he refers to earlier work by
Von Ihring, Crowcroft and others.  There have been several works which
subsequently link parasites and plate tectonics.

David Gibson

Dr David I. Gibson
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Department of Zoology                               Fax. +44-(0)171-938-8754 
The Natural History Museum                
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