Scientists successfully reconstructed the ancient genomes of malaria parasites.

The study concentrated on Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, the two deadliest malaria parasites.

Researchers utilized DNA extracted from the teeth of ancient human remains.

The reconstructed genomes allowed scientists to trace the origins and historical spread of these parasites.

Evidence shows P. vivax arrived in the Americas with European colonizers.

The presence of P. falciparum in the Himalayas suggests long-distance trade routes.

The study spans 5,500 years, revealing the impact of malaria on human history.

The parasites spread through trade, warfare, and colonization, significantly affecting human populations.

Malaria has had a profound influence on human populations throughout history.

The research provides valuable insights into how malaria adapted and spread over millennia.