Plague’s origins ratted out: GERBILS not rats were the main cause of the Black Death – DailyMail 24 February 2015 – Weirdness Wednesdays October 23, 2019

NOTE: I had several pairs of gerbils in high school.

I realize this is the Daily Mail reporting this article, but I found a number of other articles that support this theory – links below. For those not familiar with the Daily Mail, you can use your favorite or least favorite search engine to find out its reputation. Plague’s origins ratted out: GERBILS not rats were the main cause of the Black Death: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2966392/Origins-plague-ratted-actually-GERBILS-main-cause-Black-Death.html,  24 February 2015.

I did some additional research and there is support for this theory –

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theories_of_the_Black_Death (look for gerbil).

https://www.pnas.org/content/112/10/3020 (link from several of the below articles)

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31588671

https://www.sciencealert.com/the-black-death-was-probably-caused-by-gerbils-not-rats

https://www.npr.org/2015/02/28/389595442/rats-blamed-for-bubonic-plague-but-gerbils-may-be-the-real-villains

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/black-death-plague-now-blamed-on-giant-gerbils-not-rats-1.2969283

Other Weirdness Wednesdays posts: https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/Weirdness-Wednesdays/

 

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