May 27, 2015

CSI: Sima de los Huesos

Filed under: Forensic archaeology, Paleoanth — acagle @ 7:10 pm

Scientists Find Evidence For 430,000-year-old Murder

A wound on a 430,000-year-old skull may be the brutal evidence of one of the first cases of murder in the hominin fossil record. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, analyzed the remains of 28 individuals in a Spanish cave site and found further evidence for early funereal practices.

The site—known as Sima de los Huesos—has puzzled archeologists for many years. No one really knows how the remains of the 28 individuals, which belong to a Neanderthal clade, got there in the first place. The remains of the individuals date back to the Middle Pleistocene. Researchers went to the Sima de los Huesos, found within an underground cave system, to investigate the mystery and were ‘surprised’ by the results.

It certainly is a funny one, if they’re right about the same object whacking him twice. Certainly suggestive of a weapon, unless there’s something occurring naturally that’s bilaterally similar like that. The idea of a half-million-year-old hit doesn’t really surprise me, I’m really sure that the second someone decided they could knock off an antelope with a rock they probably decided they could also do the same to their buddy Thak.

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