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Black death mortality not as widespread as believed


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The black death, which plagued Europe, West Asia and North Africa from 1347 to 1352, is the most infamous pandemic in history. Historians have estimated that up to 50 percent of Europe's population died during the pandemic and credit the black death with transforming religious and political structures, even precipitating major cultural and economic transformations such as the Renaissance. Although ancient DNA research has identified Yersinia pestis as the plague's causative agent and even traced its evolution across millennia, data on the plague's demographic impacts is still underexplored and little understood.

Now, a new study in Nature Ecology and Evolution demonstrates that the plague's mortality in Europe was not as universal or as widespread as long thought.

https://phys.org/news/2022-02-black-death-mortality-widespread-believed.html

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Palaeoecological data indicates land-use changes across Europe linked to spatial heterogeneity in mortality during the Black Death pandemic

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01652-4

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Did they find out that 75% of them had four or more morbidities ?  :lol:

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It's a theory, not fact.   Could have been 25% of the population killed or it could have been 50% of the population killed.   Either way, it was allot of deaths.  

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