Plague may have caused die-offs of ancient Siberians

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Ancient people brought the plague to Siberia by about 4,400 years ago, which may have led to collapses in the population there, a new genetic analysis suggests. That preliminary finding raises the possibility that plague-induced die offs influenced the genetic structure of northeast Asians who trekked to North America starting perhaps 5,500 years ago. If […]

Scientists find medieval plague outbreaks picked up speed over 300 years — ScienceDaily

McMaster University researchers who analyzed thousands of documents covering a 300-year span of plague outbreaks in London, England, have estimated that the disease spread four times faster in the 17th century than it had in the 14th century. The findings, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show a striking acceleration […]