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Broken Hill Neanderthal Skull Mystery

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ONE day in 1922, near Broken Hill, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), a skull was found. When it came to the attention of the British Museum, the curators were pleased.

It was, in fact, a Neanderthal skull, and Neanderthal bones did not exactly come ten-a-penny.

But the Broken Hill skull was special for other reasons. On the left side of the cranium was a small, perfectly round hole. At first it was assumed that it had been made by a spear, or other sharp implement, but further investigation proved that this had not been the case.

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Actually, it is not a Neanderthal as they did not live in Africa. The skull belonged to homo rhodesiensis, which may in fact just be a more primitive homo sapien and not another species.

In any case, the edges of the "bullet hole" show signs that it was healing, so it was not the cause of death. The "blown away" part of the skull is, in fact, completely intact. Most of this story is just made up.

The hole in the skull was probably cause by an infection of the surrounding tissue. Maybe an abcess.

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Actually, it is not a Neanderthal as they did not live in Africa. The skull belonged to homo rhodesiensis, which may in fact just be a more primitive homo sapien and not another species.

In any case, the edges of the "bullet hole" show signs that it was healing, so it was not the cause of death. The "blown away" part of the skull is, in fact, completely intact. Most of this story is just made up.

The hole in the skull was probably cause by an infection of the surrounding tissue. Maybe an abcess.

Well spotted!

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I've never heard of this. Could the hole have been trepanation performed after some kind of trauma ( a football sized rock bouncing off a cliff ) caused the right side of the skull to have been "blown away"? Makes more sense than a bullet hole for sure.

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many old skulls are found incomplete, anyway heres the 'blown away' side. The bullet theory is woowoo

Broken_hill_right.jpg

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and now we compare that to a Neanderthal skull:

ferrassie-neanderthal-skull.jpg?w=470&h=389

And we discover a lesser cranium capacity shown by a lesser forehead.... so no Neanderthal.

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I hope the ancient C.S.I. people looked around for the bullet.... :st :st

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