Death Eaters

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The great gerbil, or giant gerbil, is native to Central Asia. This rodent may have carried the Black Death to Europe. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.)
The great gerbil, or giant gerbil, is native to Central Asia. This rodent may have carried the Black Death to Europe. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.)

The Black Death killed 50 million people in Europe between 1347 and 1351. In just four years, it wiped out half of Europe’s population.

Scientists have always pinned the deadly plague on rats and fleas. But it looks like they were only half right. A new study blames giant gerbils instead of rats.

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