25 Jun, 2016 @ 11:26
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Black Death came to Europe just once before killing millions, finds new study


rats_2A NEW study has revealed it only took one carrier to bring the plague to Europe through Spain in the 14th century, where it remained for over 400 years.

A team of scientists made the discovery after digging up ancient plague pits across Europe and analysing the DNA of victims.

The results showed the fatal yersinia pestis bacteria came to Europe just once, countering previous theories that said it was reintroduced on several occasions.

The plague, or Black Death, killed 60% of Europe’s population.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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