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Modified skulls discovered in China dig

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Some of the oldest evidence of humans modifying the shape of their skulls has just been uncovered in what is now northeastern China. Up to 12,000 years ago, people who lived there were intentionally reshaping their heads - and the practice continued for thousands of years.

In tombs at the Neolithic Houtaomuga archaeological site in Jilin, archaeologists recovered 25 skeletons, 11 of which showed evidence of intentional cranial modification - or, as it's more commonly known, artificial cranial deformation - dating from between 12,000 and 5,000 years ago.




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There's a genetic disorder among American Indians and Asians which causes the skull to keep growing. I think this started to keep it growing up rather than out and became a "thing" among certain groups. 

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