Black plague: Survival of the fittest

A new study by University of South Carolina anthropologist Sharon DeWitte shows that those who survived Europe's 14th century Black Plague "lived significantly longer and were healthier than people who lived before the epidemic struck in 1347."

DeWitte's paper, Mortality Risk and Survival in the Aftermath of the Medieval Black Death, published in the journal PLOS ONE, chronicles her study of 1000 skeletons of men, women and children, living before, during and after the outbreak of the disease, and buried in London cemeteries. Among her conclusions was the survivors of the plague lived longer and healthier lives than those of pre-Black Death populations.