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Black Death spread through people, not rats

A new study suggests that the Black Death of 1348-49 was spread through person-to-person contact, not by rats. "The evidence just isn't there to support it," said Barney Sloane, author of The Black Death in London. "We ought to be finding great heaps of dead rats in all the waterfront sites

Remains of enormous extinct rat discovered in cave

The remains of a rat the size of a small dog have been found in a cave in East Timor. The huge rodent, which died out about 2,000 years ago, was three times as big as its modern cousins and weighed more than 13lbs, about the same as a

Were rats responsible for deforesting Easter Island?

Are stowaway rats responsible for the treeless Easter Island? First, they set the date for colonization of the island to 1200 A.D. in a radiocarbon dating paper in the journal Science, more recent by at least a century than past estimates. Next, they proposed, based on DNA evidence and chewed palm

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