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Vikings brought mice everywhere except Canada

New research indicates that the Vikings brought mice with them wherever they went – all except for Canada.

The new research is described as further proof of the inhospitable conditions encountered by Viking seafarers led by Leif Ericsson when they landed at L’Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland. The harsh Canadian climate and the Vikings’ violent clashes with the island’s “skraelings” – members of an unidentified aboriginal nation – are believed to have forced the would-be conquerors of North America (and apparently their mouse companions, too) to abandon Newfoundland after a short time and to return to safer settlements in Greenland and Iceland.

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Story: Randy Boswell, Ottawa Citizen | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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