Black Death grave reveals secrets of 14th century life

By Ashley Yeager, 16:56 PM March 31, 2014

Skeletons dug up by Crossrail, a massive railway project in London, are giving scientists a more detailed look at the bubonic plague, or Black Death, that swept through Europe in the 1300s.

Studies of the bones suggest that the bubonic plague was pneumonic, spreading through sneezes and coughs rather than by bites from rat fleas. The bones also suggest that the people of this time were extremely malnourished, which may have made fighting infection more difficult. The graveyard where the skelet...

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