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CATEGORY: Black Death
Rats Didn’t Spread the Black Death—It Was Humans
January 17, 2018

Scientists now believe the plague spread too fast for rats to be the culprits. Read More

Microbe Behind Black Death Also Caused Devastating Plague 800 Years Earlier
August 31, 2016

Scientists have confirmed that the Black Death and another huge plague epidemic in the sixth century were caused by different strains of the same bacterium. Read More

Scientists Blame Gerbils (Not Rats) for the Black Death
February 25, 2015

A new study clears the black rat of spreading the infamous Black Death from Asia across medieval Europe, and identifies gerbils as a more likely culprit. Read More

Medieval “Black Death” Was Airborne, Scientists Say
April 1, 2014

Skeletons buried deep beneath a square in London yield new information about how one of history’s deadliest plagues spread through 14th-century Britain. Read More

Is the Black Death the Ancestor of All Modern Plagues?
October 12, 2011

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the bug responsible for the Black Death, which killed up to half of Europe’s population in the mid-14th century. Read More

Can We Stop Blaming Rats for the Black Death?
August 18, 2011

A new study suggests that humans, not vermin, spread the Black Death, and that the disease may not have been bubonic plague after all. Read More