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Illustration of the Black Death from the Toggenburg Bible

Pests That Changed History

Illustration of the Black Death from the Toggenburg Bible

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Believed to have been an outbreak of the bubonic plague, the Black Death wreaked havoc on Europe, North Africa and Central Asia in the mid-14th century. It killed an estimated 75 million people, including 30 to 60 percent of Europe's population.

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