The skull bones of a man buried in Rinnukalns, Latvia around 5,000 years ago. Photo: Dominik Goldner / BGAEU, Berlin / AFP
The skull bones of a man buried in Rinnukalns, Latvia around 5,000 years ago. Photo: Dominik Goldner / BGAEU, Berlin / AFP
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World’s first-known plague victim was a hunter-gatherer who died 5,000 years ago in Latvia, scientists say

  • The hunter-gatherer was one of two skeletons excavated in the late 19th century from a region called Rinnukalns in present-day Latvia
  • Researchers in Germany said the remains carried the Yersinia pestis bacteria that causes the disease known as the Black Death

The skull bones of a man buried in Rinnukalns, Latvia around 5,000 years ago. Photo: Dominik Goldner / BGAEU, Berlin / AFP
The skull bones of a man buried in Rinnukalns, Latvia around 5,000 years ago. Photo: Dominik Goldner / BGAEU, Berlin / AFP
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