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Mystery of the medieval skulls still has archaeologists scratching their heads
Times (UK) ^ | 8-25-07

Posted on 08/29/2007 5:24:41 AM PDT by Renfield

A study into the mysterious changing skull shape of medieval man casts serious doubt on current theories.

The peculiar shift from long narrow heads to those of a rounder shape, and back again, which took place between the 11th and 13th centuries, has been noted at sites throughout western Europe. But a study of skulls found at the deserted village of Wharram Percy, near Malton, North Yorkshire, suggests that the anatomical blip was not down to an influx of Norman immigrants, or climate change, English Heritage has said.

It examined nearly 700 skeletons recovered from the village. Unlike other research, data from the Wharram site traces the change to a single, indigenous community which has been radiocarbon-dated.

Simon Mays, a skeletal biologist, said: “Our work has yielded few clues on why skulls changed, but we have cast serious doubt on some of the current theories. Despite the best efforts of science, we’re still in the dark to explain why it happened.”

The findings are presented in the latest volume of the Wharram Percy project, which aims to publish the results of 40 years of archaeological excavations at the Yorkshire Wolds village between 1950 and 1990.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: england; evolution; godsgravesglyphs; medieval; skulls

1 posted on 08/29/2007 5:24:43 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv; blam

Medieval ping.


2 posted on 08/29/2007 5:25:04 AM PDT by Renfield (How come there aren't any football teams with pink uniforms?)
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To: Renfield

I would like to see a profile view of these two skulls.


3 posted on 08/29/2007 5:27:20 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: Renfield

MWP == better living conditions == larger brains == bigger skuls...


4 posted on 08/29/2007 5:56:10 AM PDT by xcamel (FDT/2008 -- talk about it >> irc://irc.freenode.net/fredthompson)
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


5 posted on 08/29/2007 5:56:42 AM PDT by xcamel (FDT/2008 -- talk about it >> irc://irc.freenode.net/fredthompson)
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To: Renfield
The answer can be found here:

Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

6 posted on 08/29/2007 6:42:11 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam
Cesarean vs natural birth.

One gives you a point head, the other a Frankenskull.

L

7 posted on 08/29/2007 9:08:48 AM PDT by Lurker ( Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing smallpox and ebola.)
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To: Renfield; blam; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; 49th; ...
Thanks Renfield. It had to do with breeding.

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8 posted on 08/29/2007 10:12:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Sunday, August 26, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Lurker
Cesarean vs natural birth. One gives you a point head, the other a Frankenskull.

I used to believe this theory until I had my children. All perfectly round heads at birth. Even the one getting his dad's caveman brow line.

9 posted on 08/29/2007 10:16:49 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: xcamel

Whoops, thanks xcamel for the ping!


10 posted on 08/29/2007 10:18:18 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Sunday, August 26, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: HungarianGypsy
You've never seen my niece.

Cesarean and Frankenbaby all the way.

L

11 posted on 08/29/2007 10:29:57 AM PDT by Lurker ( Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing smallpox and ebola.)
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To: Lurker

My daughter was C-section with a perfectly-shaped head. Of course the section was because she was breech.


12 posted on 08/29/2007 10:49:55 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("Is the lion burning?")
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To: Renfield

What about cultural effects such as strapping the child to a papoose board to transport him/her? That certainly flattens the back of the skull.


13 posted on 08/29/2007 11:30:20 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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14 posted on 08/29/2007 11:41:41 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.")
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To: Renfield

Wow, seems as though changes happened really quickly. Just like everything else.


15 posted on 08/29/2007 12:32:55 PM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: Renfield

Sounds like the scientists have a lot to study. Climate change leading to a better or changed diet, radiation, Sun spots, etc. Glad that isn’t job.


16 posted on 08/29/2007 12:47:57 PM PDT by Mumbles (Because we disagree doesn't make you or me right. Treat each other with respect.)
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To: Renfield
Maybe it was the hats they wore...

ROUND HEADS:





NARROW HEADS:





POINTY HEADS:


17 posted on 08/29/2007 1:24:16 PM PDT by Sopater (A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left. ~ Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Renfield

Kinda makes it clear that all of the work assigning various skulls into different ‘species’ was a huge mistake, doesn’t it?

All based on that little ‘assumption’ that different skull shapes were more signigicant than they really are.


18 posted on 08/29/2007 2:20:53 PM PDT by GourmetDan
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To: SunkenCiv

Heterochrony? (For when Mutation is a dirty word.)


19 posted on 08/29/2007 2:52:09 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Fair dinkum!)
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To: Sopater

LOL, my thoughts exactly!


20 posted on 08/29/2007 3:33:44 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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To: blam
From the article;

You give us a link, with "the answer can be found here"?

And here I've been thinking all the while, it was as easy as the difference 'tween how
the barber charges a Norwegian for a haircut? [ 2 dollars a corner]

Compared to a Finn? [ 8 dollars a point]

21 posted on 08/29/2007 5:07:19 PM PDT by BlueDragon (most men like "blond" jokes, because they are simple, and easy to understand)
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To: Sopater

IIRC; some groups would bind the child’s head so it would better fit the helmet when they were of age.


22 posted on 08/29/2007 5:42:12 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Fred Nerks

Wow, new to me, cool word...


23 posted on 08/29/2007 7:34:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, August 29, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Renfield

Sounds like they found a new species of primate. Possibly a predecessor to modern man. This is proof of common decent./s

But seriously, probably just caused by the hormones in cows milk.


24 posted on 07/08/2008 7:33:02 PM PDT by Tramonto (Huckabee FairTax Huckabee FairTax Huckabee FairTax)
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25 posted on 09/01/2009 7:07:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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