Scientists solve mystery of volcano's “natural deaths”

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 21 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:946
  1. Xavier Bosch
  1. Barcelona

    Scientists believe they have pieced together the chain of events that can explain some of some of the most bizarre and mysterious deaths in recorded history. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in ad79, thousands of people evacuated areas around the volcano, but about 2000 were killed. Many inhabitants of Pompeii died of suffocation.

    However, the skeletons of some victims from nearby Herculaneum who had taken refuge in nearby caves have puzzled scientists since they were …

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