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800-year-old skeleton bears marks of boomerang death


An ancient skeleton found in Australias Toorale National Park has a wound consistent with that of being struck by a boomerang.

Kaakutja’s main head wound was about 6 inches (15 centimeters) long, meaning the weapon must have had a blade at least this length, the scientists reasoned. In their study, which is detailed in the October issue of the journal Antiquity, the team concluded that the sharp edge of a wooden boomerang most likely caused this lengthy cut. The researchers added, however, that they could not say for certain whether this was the fatal blow that killed Kaakutja. “Multiple wounds probably led to significant blood loss and eventual death,”they wrote.

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Story: Megan Gannon, Live Science | Photo: Antiquity Publications Ltd.

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