16th century skeletons suggest the slave trade brought some diseases to Mexico

The remains of slaves buried in a mass grave carried hepatitis B and yaws

Three skeletons excavated in Mexico City, including these skulls, came from African slaves who carried versions of two infectious diseases that were novel to the Americas in the 1500s, a new study finds.

R. Barquera et al/Current Biology 2020

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