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Plague victims being blessed.

Plague victims being blessed.

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A Silver Lining to the Black Plague?

If you managed to survive the Black Death in the 14th century, you had a better life. After studying more than 600 skeletons from before and after the time period, a University of South Carolina anthropologist found that survival, diet, and general health were dramatically enhanced after the epidemic. The improvement may have occurred because the plague took the population’s frail individuals and left behind those who were more robust, and because the depopulation led to less competition for food and housing, researchers report this week in PLOS ONE.

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