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Study: Black Death Lead to Longer, Healthier Lives Among Survivors

While the Black Death of the 14th century killed off about 30 percent of the population of Europe, the survivors and their descendants may have benefitted, according to new research.   In fact, survivors “lived significantly longer and were healthier than people who lived before the epidemic struck in 1347,” according to research by University of South Carolina anthropologist Sharon DeWitte.   Some of the survivors of the Black Death, which was caused by the bacteria Yersinia...

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