Monday, October 12, 2015
Ahmad Saleh 9:56 PM paleontology
Atapuerca is the scene of the discovery of the first murder in history after the appearance of a skull 430,000 years ago with large holes in the front. The Pit of Bones is the world's oldest burial site. But not only that. It is the scene of the discovery of the first murder in history after the appearance of a skull 430,000 years ago with large holes in the front.
The skull, found in Atapuerca (at the bottom of a chasm nearly 15 meters deep) by a team of researchers at the Joint Center UCM-ISCIII Evolution and Human Behavior (Spain), shows signs of extreme violence, what becomes one of the first documented cases of murder of the entire history of humanity.
This treasure of the world paleontological site belongs to the skull 17 of the pit and through the reconstruction of paleontologists is virtually complete. The 52 fragments collected about twenty different expeditions have revealed that the skull showed two fatal injuries that penetrated the frontal bone, just above the left eye of the victim.
Both blows, from the same object and with slightly different paths, led to the death of the subject. Scientists have ruled out that it could treat of an accident or a fall, since the impacts were made from top to bottom. A lethal aggression. A full-fledged murder. The first in human history. The study was published in the journal PLoS One.