CATEGORY: Black Death
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