An ancient strain of plague may have led to the decline of Neolithic Europeans
Thursday, 6 December 2018 () Researchers have identified a new strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague, in DNA extracted from 5,000-year-old human remains. Their analyses suggest that this strain is the closest ever identified to the genetic origin of plague. Their work also suggests that plague may have been spread among Neolithic European settlements by traders, contributing to their decline.
According to Gizmodo.com, New research published today in Cell describes a newly identified strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes plague.
The DNA of the new strain was extracted from a woman who lived in a Neolithic farming community about 4,900 years ago in what is now Sweden. The...