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Smallpox and other viruses plagued humans much earlier than suspected

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Remains of a smallpox carrier buried in Öland, Sweden, between ad 800 and 1050. Credit: The Swedish National Heritage Board

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Nature 584, 30-32 (2020)

doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-02083-0

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