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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 10:13 PM

This Stone Age man's jawless skull was found on a spike. Here's what he looked like.


By Laura Geggel - Associate Editor 7 hours ago



We may never know why the skull of a Stone Age man ended up on a stake in a mysterious underwater grave 8,000 years ago, but thanks to a new facial reconstruction, we can see what he probably looked like before he died.

Archaeologists discovered the man's skull, as well as the remains of at least 10 other Stone Age adults and an infant, in 2012 at the bottom of what used to be a small lake in what is now Motala, a municipality in eastern-central Sweden. However, only one of the adults had a jaw; the rest were jawless, and two of the skulls had been placed on stakes sticking out from the lake's surface.

Now, a 3D facial reconstruction reveals the likeness of one of those jawless skulls. Oscar Nilsson, a forensic artist based in Sweden, used this skull as well as genetic and anatomical information gleaned from it to create a bust of the man a blue-eyed, brown-haired and pale-skinned individual in his 50s.

Nilsson didn't want to damage the ancient skull, so he took a CT (computed tomography) scan of the specimen and used that data to print a 3D replica of it in vinyl plastic. From there, Nilsson determined how thick to make the man's facial muscles and skin based on forensic methods that focus on factors such as the man's weight, height and ethnicity. For instance, this man was from a group of hunters and gatherers whose genetic heritage included people who came to Scandinavia from the north and east, as well as from the south about 2,000 years earlier, Nilsson said.

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Judi Lynn Jun 2020 OP
Ferrets are Cool Jun 2020 #1
Doodley Jun 2020 #3
Newest Reality Jun 2020 #2
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 10:18 PM

1. The final images looks like some of the rednecks down here in Bama

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 10:35 PM

3. All he needs is a MAGA hat and a rifle.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 10:31 PM

2. Does this suggest

Does this suggest that MAGATs are throwbacks, a form of devoluton, then?

I am sorry, but the resemblance is striking in that last picture. It would explain a lot, though and I don't mean to be condescending

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 10:55 PM

5. Throwback to what?

This isn't a form of "devolution" because this isn't some ancient human species. The remains are only 8,000 years old, so he was a fully modern human being, no different from you or me.

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Response to Boomer (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 11:20 PM

6. I realize that...

Maybe: would have been appropriate. My mistake. Sorry if you mistook it for a serious point being made.

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 26, 2020, 08:52 AM

8. Sorry, I was being extra grumpy

I'm just as angry at MAGATs as anyone, but I go to the science forum to unwind. Comments that drag in gratuitous references to Trump & Co set my teeth on edge. But that's totally on me, not on anyone else, to deal with. Times that set all our nerves on edge, eh?

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Response to Boomer (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 26, 2020, 09:37 AM

9. Oh, I understand.

I am not immune to being grumpy at times, especially these days.

I do apologize though for politicizing things out of context since this is forum is about science and one is supposed to keep to the subject matter overall. Decorum matters.

I will keep that in mind and I see your point!

Be Well!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 10:49 PM

4. Oh. So that's where MAGAts came from. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2020, 08:30 AM

7. Science is so wonderful.

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