Gerbils, Not Rats, Might Be To Blame For The Black Death
The "black death" that killed tens of millions of people has been blamed on rats for years, but now researchers say they may have gotten a bad rap.By Christine Slusser | February 24, 2015
When we hear about the "black death," a couple things come to mind: the death of tens of millions of people, and ...
Rats. Our history teachers taught us that the epidemic from 1347-1353 was likely spread by rats carrying fleas infected with bacteria.
But rats may have been getting a bad rap the last 650 years or so. The real culprit behind spreading the death?