Original Sin

Investigating the world’s earliest known murder.

The 430,000-year-old skull was found at the bottom of a 43-foot vertical shaft in an archeological site known as Sima de los Huesos in northern Spain. In a paper published in PLOS ONE, the researchers suggest the fractures were likely caused by repeated blows made with the intention to kill.

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