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Humans, Not Rats, May Have Been Responsible for Spreading the Black Death

The Black Death, a plague responsible for killing around a third of the population of Europe during the 14th century, spread to millions of humans by rats that carried infected fleas—right? That’s the story we’ve long been told by historians. A new study upends this conventional thinking, however, showing that humans, and not rodents, were the primary spreaders of the dreaded disease. Read More >>

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Plague DNA Found in Ancient Tooth Suggests Black Death Isn’t Dead Yet

You've undoubtedly heard about the Bubonic plague, but the chances of you knowing next to anything about the Justinian plague are significantly slimmer. That's because no one really knew anything about the Justinian plague—until recently, that is. Now, two ancient, plague-ridden teeth are finally teaching us a little more about one of the worst pandemics in history—including the fact that another outbreak could be just around the corner. Read More >>

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Crossrail Tunnelers May Have Found the Remains of 50,000 Black Death Victims

Archaeologists working in and around the Crossrail tunneling efforts that are currently cutting London a new hole have made a shocking discovery, which could be the tip of an iceberg consisting of some 50,000 plague victims. Read More >>