Metalhead ape rockin' out
Well, I kind of let the last one die, so I thought it was time to reboot on a new thread. Interesting article from CBC Quirks and Quarks by Mark Crawley about the latest work trying to track down one of history's greatest pandemics: The Black Death. Graves in Kyrgyzstan dating to 1338-1339 show "pestilence" as a cause of death in the epitaphs and the bodies within tested positive for DNA of yersina pestis, the bacterium that causes the Plague. And it's a strain that predates the one that appeared just a few years later in in the first wave of The Black Death, suggesting this could be one of the roots of that great pandemic.