January 9, 2014

Reconstruction gives 5500 year old 'Stonehenge Man' a Face

The man who was born 500 years before the earliest stone monument appeared at the site.

This "Stonehenge Man" was once real. His face has been reconstructed from a 5500-year-old skeleton found in the area.

The well-preserved skeleton was discovered in an elaborate tomb in the 1860s, providing a rare example of the anatomy of Neolithic people.

The length of the man's bones, the skeleton's weight and his age – estimated at between 25 and 40 years old Ridges on the skull reveal that this man was muscular – which is not surprising given the Neolithic lifestyle.

He had highly masculine features, such as a well-defined chin and jawbone.

Human skeletal biologist Simon Mays from the University of Southampton, UK, was unable to deduce the cause of death from the skeleton and he speculates that Stonehenge Man died of an infectious disease that killed too quickly to leave a trace on bones. Mays did, however, find two leg wounds: a deep muscle injury and a bony projection. source

 

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