Body Lice and Head Lice

Body Lice Evolved From Head Lice
Recent studies on Body Lice have concluded that they evolved from the head louse, perhaps as a result of the human need to wear clothing in order to survive.
The Naked Truth? Lice hint at a recent origin of clothing

Author: John Travis

“After discovering that head lice live and feed on people’s scalps while so-called body lice feed on skin but live only in clothing, Stoneking and his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, looked into the origins of the two species. ‘That distinction probably arose when humans began to make frequent use of clothing,’ Stoneking argues.” To read more, please click here.