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Bone of leprous warrior found in medieval cemetery

The bones of a slain warrior suffering from leprosy have been uncovered in a medieval Italian cemetery.

Studying ancient leprosy, which is caused by a bacterial infection, may help scientists figure out how the infectious disease evolved.

The find also reveals the warlike ways of the semi-nomadic people who lived in the area between the sixth and eighth centuries, said study researcher Mauro Rubini, an anthropologist at Foggia University in Italy. The war wounds, which showed evidence of surgical intervention, provide a peek into the medical capabilities of medieval inhabitants of Italy.

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Story: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience | Photo: Maruo Rubini

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