12,000 years ago, as a boy, he had his skull pressed into a cone shape

The skull, known as M45, is the first known case in the case of the modification on the record. It dates back to about 12,000 years ago.
(Qian Wang)

The old people in China have practiced a human-head-shaping-12,000 years ago), in the sense that they are bound by some of the children are maturing, skulls, and encourage the head to grow in to the oblong, oval — making them the oldest group, on the record, in order to deliberately squash their skulls, a new study finds.

During the dig, a Neolithic site, which is the last period of the stone age) on Houtaomuga, Jilin province, in northeast China, archaeologists 11, elongated skulls — who is, both men and women, ranging from young children to adults, who showed signs of a deliberate, skull reshaping, also known as intentional cranial modification (ICM).

“This is the early discovery of signs of intentional head and change in the Eurasian continent, and possibly in the world,” said study co-investigator, Qian Wang, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University’s College of Dentistry. “If this practice started in Asia and is likely to spread to the west and the Middle East, Russia, Europe, across the steppes, as well as to the east, over the Bering land bridge into the Americas.” [In Images: An Ancient, Long-headed Woman, Reconstructed]

The Houtaomuga site is a treasure trove, for the love of the dig and artifacts from 12,000 to 5,000 years ago. During an archaeological excavation there, between 2011 and 2015, the archaeologists found the remains of 25 people, 19 of which were preserved enough to be studied for the ICM. After you put this skull in a computed tomography (CT) scanner, which has produced a 3D digital image of each of the samples, the researchers confirmed that the 11 had been an unmistakable sign of the skull and forms, such as the flatness and the elongation of the frontal bone, or forehead.

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As the oldest, ALONG with the skull belonged to an adult male who lived between 12,027 and 11,747 years ago, according to radiocarbon dating.

Archaeologists have found the reform of human skulls around the world, on every inhabited continent. However, this finding, if confirmed, would be “to be the earliest evidence of the plan to the head revision, which is still 7000 years in the same place after the initial emergence of the” Wang told us of the progress of Science.

11, ALONG with the persons have died at the age of 3 and 40, indicating that the skull shapes started at a very young age, when human skulls are still malleable, Wang said.

It is not clear why this culture practiced skull modification, however, it is possible that the fertility, social status, and beauty, could be the factors, Wang said. For the people ALONG with buried in to Houtaomuga were likely to be of a privileged class, and as such, people have a tendency to be grave goods and burial features.

“It appears that these young people were treated to a decent burial, which may be an indication of a high socio-economic class,” Wang said.

Even though the Houtaomuga man, it is the first known case of the ICM in the history, it’s a bit of a puzzle, or any other well known instances ALONG with distribution of this group of people, or that they were independent of one another, Wang said.

“It is still too early to be able to say that it was intentional cranial modification forms in East Asia, and elsewhere, to spread out; it may have arisen independently in different places,” Wang said. More ancient DNA research, as well as the skull studies all over the world can shed a light on this practice, which is to be distributed, ” he said.

The study was published online June 25 in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

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