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Stone-Age Migration Likely Brought Plague to Europe

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Stone-Age Migration Likely Brought Plague to Europe

 

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(Courthouse News) – New genetic evidence suggests nomads migrating into Europe during the Stone Age might have been trying to escape the plague, but instead brought it with them.

 

These findings stem from an analysis of the plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany.

 

After screening more than 500 ancient skeletal samples, the team was able to recover the full genomes of the plague bacteria from six individuals.

 

The team’s analysis of these samples, published Wednesday in the journal Current Biology, reveals the plague entered Europe about 4,800 years ago and coincides with a large-scale migration of people from the Caspian-Pontic Steppe – in present-day Ukraine and Russia – into Europe.

 

The Y. pestis genomes, which were found in different parts of Europe, are fairly closely related, according to the team.

 

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A male individual (6Post) from the Haunstetten Postillionstraße site, with a dagger, flint arrow heads, bracelet and bone pin. (Stadtarchäologie Augsburg)


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Man this makes me think of Age of Empires wandering around on a nomad map trying to decide where to plunk down my town center
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So the Black Death evolved from this?



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Stone-Age Migration Likely Brought Plague to Europe

New genetic evidence suggests nomads migrating into Europe during the Stone Age might have been trying to escape the plague, but instead brought it with them.

 

Among other things this also means that Jared Diamond was wrong when he told (in his book "Guns germs and Steel") that mass epidemics coming from domestication and livestock.



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Man this makes me think of Age of Empires wandering around on a nomad map trying to decide where to plunk down my town center


So off topic but can't wait to get my geek on when they release AoE4!
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