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from BBC News

Human fossils hint at new species

Human fossils hint at new species The bones, which represent at least five individuals, have been dated to between 11,500 and 14,500 years ago. In general, the individuals had rounded brain cases with prominent brow ridges. Their skull bones were quite thick. Their faces were quite short and flat and tucked under the brain, and they had broad noses.

‘Vampire’ Skeletons Found in Bulgaria Two medieval “vampire” skeletons emerged near a monastery in the Bulgarian Black Sea town of Sozopol, local archaeologists announced. Dating back 800 years to the Middle Ages, the skeletons were unearthed with iron rods pierced through their chests — evidence of an exorcism against a vampire. The ritual was aimed at preventing potentially dangerous people, such as enemies, murderers, or those who died a sudden strange death from becoming vampires.

This is one of the mysterious fossilized humanoid skull found in Africa in 2011. Although the external size and the brain cavity size of this skull are similar to those of the modern human, it is actually 18 million years old.

Forensic Anthropology. This ovoid defect is the result of a gunshot wound which exited in the parietal bone near the squamosal suture. The direction of the projectile can often be determined by beveling at the margin of the defect. In this case, the margins are externally beveled, recording the exit of the projectile from inside the cranial cavity. Defects in bone from projectiles may provide clues as caliber, type, range and velocity, the trajectory, etc.

from My Modern Met

1,700-Year-Old Roman Mosaic Discovered During City Sewer Construction Project

A massive, well-preserved 1,700 year-old Roman mosaic was recently unearthed while performing city sewer construction.

from Science Source

BV6253: Forensic Anthropology, 3D Facial Reconstruction

BV6253:Forensic Anthropology, 3D Facial Reconstruction ©Richard T. Nowitz/Science Source #sciencesource #forensics #skull