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kissing bug

As commonly used, any bug that acts as a vector for Chagas disease, so named because they often bite on the face. It is a cone-nosed haematophagous insect with various hosts in the tropics and subtropics; it measures 1-4 cm and is ‘autumn-colored’; its bite elicits papules, painful urticaria, haemorrhagic bulla, occasionally angiooedema, anaphylactoid reaction, and shock; it is also the vector for trypanosoma—Chaga’s disease—causing inflammation, atrophy and fibrosis of Auerbach’s plexus ganglion cells, resulting in acquired megacolon


1. A colloquial term for any small insect or arthropod, esp. of the order Hemiptera, that has sucking mouth parts, incomplete metamorphosis, and two pairs of wings, the fore pair being half membranous. See: bedbug; chigger
2. A colloquial term for a disease-causing germ or microorganism.

assassin bug

Any member of the family Reduviidae. Many are predaceous; others are bloodsucking. Panstrongylus, Triatoma, and Rhodnius are vectors of Chagas disease.
See: conenose; trypanosomiasis

cone-nose bug

, cone-nosed bugConenose.

croton bug

German cockroach.

kissing bug


red bug


kissing bug

The reduviid bug that transmits CHAGAS' DISEASE. It is so called because its nocturnal bite is barely felt.
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The Chinchorro first would extract the brains and organs, then reconstruct the body with fiber, fill the skull cavity with straw or ash, and use reeds to sew it back together, connecting jaw to cranium.
According to Down to Earth magazine, archaeologist Bernardo Arriaza, who studies the Chinchorro at the University of Tarapaca in Arica, said that unlike the Egyptians who hid the dead, the Chilean community embraced them.
few years ago, Arriaza launched a daring new theory: the Chinchorro were victims of arsenic poisoning.
ollowing the lead, Arriaza collected 46 hair samples from Chinchorro excavated from 10 sites in northern Chile.
Tucked between the Atacama and the cool Pacific Ocean, the city of Mica is the epicenter of Chinchorro mummy research.
In 1917 the, first of the mummies were discovered along Arica's popular Chinchorro beach.
Their arguments were then buoyed by an astounding discovery of Chinchorro mummies in 1983.
Reproductive patters of Strombus gigas from Alacranes reef versus Chinchorro Bank of Mexico.
Distribution and abundance of Strombus gigas veligers at six fishing sites on Banco Chinchorro, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Distribution and abundance of Strombus costatus (Gmelin, 1791) larvae and adults at the biosphere reserve: Banco Chinchorro, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Examples include Chinchorro along the northern coast of Chile (Arriaza 1995), the Natufians in the Levantine corridor of the Near East (Bar-Yosef 1986), the Jomon of Japan (Imamura 1996) and the Ertebolle of circum-Baltic Europe (Zvelebil 1996).
The mummy belongs to the Chinchorro culture and has an estimated age of 7,000-years-old.