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    Default The plague - the drving force of the steppe migrations?

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    The plague bacterium Yersinia pestis may have already reached Europe as part of a massive migration of nomads from the Caspian-Pontic steppe, thousands of years before the first known historical plague epidemics.

    22 November 2017
    A research team led by the Max Planck Institute for Human History has for the first time sequenced European genomes of the pestilential pathogen Yersinia pestis from the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age (4,800 to 3,700 years ago). This was achieved with the help of old DNA obtained from human skeletons, including two found in Bavaria near Augsburg. The analysis of these samples, which has now been published in the journal Current Biology, suggests that the Stone Age plague in the Neolithic period came to Europe in connection with a massive immigration of people from the Caspian-Pontan steppe.

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    However, it is possible that Yersinia pestis was able to trigger large epidemics even before it developed these traits. Study leader Johannes Krause, director of the Department of Archaeogenetics at the Max Planck Institute for Human History, explains:"The threat of Yersinia pestis infections could have been one of the causes of increased mobility during the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age. In other words, the people of the steppe could have tried to escape the threat of the plague by migration. In addition, the spread of the disease to Europe could have played a role in changing Europe's population structure. It is possible that certain European populations or people from the steppe might have had a different level of resistance,"explains Johannes Krause.

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    That a very interesting study and hypothesis! All the Euro-hating guys here will be thrilled as this points to the modern Europeans as fleeing the plague as opposed to superior conquerors.

    It's amazing that DNA from pests can help tell human history. Another is the divergence of head and pubic lice which implies when man lost most of his hair.
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    As already stated by @Wojewoda , Slavs are the "Riders of the Plague"
    and the IEEE Milestone for breaking the Enigma Code goes to... Polish Cipher Bureau 1932-39

    “We know each other,” he agreed. “They say that you follow in my steps.”
    “I go my own way. But you, you had never, until just now, looked behind you. You turned back today for the first time.”
    Geralt remained silent. Tired, he had nothing to say. “How... How will it happen?” he asked her at last, coldly and without emotion. “I will take you by the hand,” she replied, looking him straight in the eye. “I will take you by the hand and lead you across the meadow, through a cold and wet fog.” “And after? What is there beyond the fog?” “Nothing,” she replied, smiling. “After that, there is nothing.”
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