Cracking skulls: scientists figure out our murderous past ... and future
From a rough-hewn bat to a modern-day bullet wound, scientists dig deep into the forensic world of foul play
A species with a history of violence. That would be an apt way to describe human beings and, unlike all the other species, our propensity to murder one another is not a direct and simple case of nature having its way with the food chain.
But what’s even more fascinating than our propensity to kill is our ability to develop technology that helps us examine how and when we committed murder – even if that takes us back to more than 30,000 years ago.
Taking centre stage often is that well-engineered fortress – the human skull (or cranium). Because it protects the very headquarters of our systems, it is often the target of those wanting to deal a fatal blow...