Two 3,800-Year-Old Skeletons Found Carrying the Oldest Bubonic Plague Strain

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A paper published in Nature Communications by a team from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is revealing the mysteries of the oldest bubonic plague known to mankind. The strain is believed to be responsible for some of the world’s most notorious pandemics such as the Justinian Plague and the appropriately-named Black Death.

Two 3,800-year-old carriers

The researchers were successful in decoding the genome of this ancient disease due to a discovery of two 3,800-year-old skeletons in Russia. The


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