Scientists discover 5000yo plague victim

By Nina Massey
Updated June 30 2021 - 8:04am, first published 8:02am
The ancient strain of Y pestis was likely to have been less deadly than its medieval version.
The ancient strain of Y pestis was likely to have been less deadly than its medieval version.

The oldest strain of the bacteria behind the plague that caused the Black Death has been discovered in the remains of a 5000-year-old hunter-gatherer.

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