Zapotec men brandished human femurs

Published on July 16th, 2009 | by Admin

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Ancestral thighbones may have been carried around as status symbols by Zapotec men.

“The thought was that the femurs are those of the ancestors of the rulers, serving like staffs of office or symbols of legitimacy,” explained archaeologist Gary Feinman of the Field Museum in Chicago.

Now grave excavations have confirmed the practice, according to a new study. What’s more, it seems that commoners got a leg up too.

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