Sunday, January 21, 2018

What Killed the Aztecs? After 500 Years, We May Know

The cause of a 1545 epidemic dubbed 'cocoliztli' that killed 80 percent of Mexico's Aztec nation population has long been debated. The outbreak killed an estimated 15 million people within a five year period. Using a new analysis tool, scientists were able to extract salmonella enterica genomes from the ancient remains of victims. Those struck by the illness had a high fever, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Most victims likely died within three or four days after getting sick.

Comments

The Spaniards,inadvertently, were practicing Biological Warfare.

#1 | Posted by shane at 2018-01-21 01:26 PM

Check out Alfred Crosby's THE COLUMBIAN EXCHANGE and BIOLOGICAL IMPERIALISM - www.amazon.com

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2018-01-21 01:46 PM

Trump's Fault!

-The DR Left

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-21 03:59 PM

I wonder if 500 years from now if they will be able to figure out which American President killed us.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-21 04:18 PM

I wonder if 500 years from now if they will be able to figure out which American President killed us.

#4 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2018-01-21 04:18 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1: Trump ARMAGEDDON - naturally! ;)

#5 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-01-21 08:11 PM

Trump's Fault!

-The DR Left

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter

Obama's Fault
-Rightocenter

#6 | Posted by eightfifteenpm at 2018-01-21 08:40 PM

#9

Wow, you sure told me...clever retort.

Now go to bed and let the adults chat.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-22 12:32 AM

Why? Are you the only one who can put words in other people's mouths?
And who is #9?

#8 | Posted by eightfifteenpm at 2018-01-22 02:18 AM

And who is #9?
#8 | POSTED BY EIGHTFIFTEENPM

that would be john lennon....Revolver

#9 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-01-22 10:49 AM

My grand daughter has a new snotty reply for question she doesn't like or know the answer to. "Your face".

So what killed the Aztecs? Your face.

#10 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-01-22 01:41 PM

#10 - That's pretty funny.

To this day we are still quoting a comment my 17-year old made when he was 4.

He wasn't in diapers any more but at night he'd where a "pull up" diaper.

It was getting late one night and I said to him, "Son, it's time for bed. Put on your pull up."

His response: "You put on your pull up."

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-22 01:46 PM

Now go to bed and let the adults chat.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter

Ok. Where are the adults?

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-22 02:07 PM

Don't they depict this as a time of misbirth and child deformity in artistic carvings? I was under the presumption that something radioactive got into their population.

#13 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-01-22 02:42 PM

"#9
Wow, you sure told me...clever retort.
Now go to bed and let the adults chat.
#7 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER"

Lol. Adults know the difference between #6 and #9, dummy.

#14 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2018-01-22 05:19 PM

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