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Skulls of women and children found in Aztec trophy skull rack

Researchers studying a recently unearthed Aztec trophy skull rack were surprised to find skulls that belonged to women and children. Said to be the heads of defeated warriors, contemporary accounts describe tens of thousands of skulls looming over the soldiers - a reminder of what would happen if they did not

Ancient skulls show mixed features

Partial skulls dated back more than 100,000 years show traits from modern humans, archaic humans, and Neanderthals. These new fossils suggest that far-flung groups of ancient humans were more genetically linked across Eurasia than often previously thought, researchers in the new study said. "I don't like to think of these fossils as

Paleolithic child’s skull found with imprinted image of his brain

A skull found at Calabria's Paleolithic site in Italy has been used to recreate the brain of a 12-year-old boy who lived 17,000 years ago. “The boy was still growing and therefore the bones of his skull were quite soft,” explained Fabio Martini, a professor of ancient history at the University

Skull bone from the Buddha found in China

A skull bone that may have belonged to the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, has been found in China inside a Buddhist shrine. Archaeologists have discovered what may be a skull bone from the revered Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. The bone was hidden inside a model of a stupa, or a Buddhist shrine used

3D model made of Battle of Culloden Skull

A skull from a soldier killed at the Battle of Culloden in 1745 has been recreated as a 3D model. This skull is the only know human remains from the Battle of Culloden. It is held in the collections of the Surgeon’s Hall Museum who very kindly allowed us to model

Shakespeare’s skull is missing

Ground-penetrating radar research carrier out at the grave of William Shakespeare have revealed that the playwright's skull is missing. A hi-tech investigation of William Shakespeare's grave has concluded his skull was probably stolen. The discovery gives credence to a news report in 1879, later dismissed as fiction, that trophy hunters took the

Homo erectus skull found in China

A well-preserved Homo erectus skull dating back between 150,000-412,000 years has been unearthed in China. The highlight of the findings, the skull was discovered on Oct. 11. It was partly encased in earth, which helped protect it. The face can be clearly made out, including the complete eye socket, a large

9000-year-old decapitated skull found in Brazil

A skull found in Brazil that bears evidence of cutting marks on it's vertebra may be the oldest case of decapitation in the Americas. Nicholas Reeves says he believes there may be two hidden doorways behind the Tutankhamun's burial chamber, leading to two undiscovered rooms. Egyptian officials plan to use radar equipment