History Stories
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

Ancient Teeth Help Scientists Decode Plague
January 30, 2014

Though caused by the same pathogen, the deadly Plague of Justinian appears to have emerged separately from later plagues such as the Black Death. Read More