[On the history of the spread of the black rat (Rattus rattus L., 1758) in northwestern Russia]

Izv Akad Nauk Ser Biol. Mar-Apr 2011;(2):248-52.
[Article in Russian]


Data on the first reliable findings of subfossil remains of the black rat in north-western Russia (Vologda and Vladimir oblasts) are given. The burying of the remains dates to the twelfth to thirteenth centuries. It is assumed that the spread of the black rat in the European part of Russia in the Middle Ages was associated first of all with the development of trade.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Archaeology*
  • Biological Evolution
  • Bone and Bones / pathology
  • History, Medieval
  • Paleopathology
  • Plague / history
  • Population Dynamics / history
  • Rats / growth & development*
  • Russia