Was A Caveman Killed By A Chrononaut?
Nota bene: A skull is only a skull if it has its mandible, otherwise it’s just a cranium. It’s a Homo rhodesiensis, not H. neanderthalensis which haven’t been found yet on the dark continent. Whether they’re the same species, just with notionally different skull structure is another controversy altogether.
Mainstream science, when it’s not fucking loving itself, makes a case for the cause being an infection that eventually went septic, killing our ancestral cousin. The proof in their pudding is the caveman’s wound having shown signs of healing. Fair enough, but I’d be more comfortable if there were photos of similar abscesses in modern human skulls with ‘perfect’ proportions. Just spent a good 10-20 minutes browsing skull gore photos to no avail.
Among those horrors were examples of ancient brain surgery. Known as trepanation, ancients (and our contemporaries) would carve holes into skulls to relieve pressure on the brain or release evil spirits. Sometimes the hole would be drilled into the skull, other times the skull would be scraped, and scraped, and scraped ’til the brain was exposed. The earliest known examples of trepanning are from Neolithic times, and if the Broken Hills cranium is an example of ancient surgery then our ancestors were far more clever than archaeologists would dare propose.
I have several hypotheses regarding the Broken Hill ‘bullet wound’, which are similarly plausible. A stone near a campfire may have had an air pocket which expanded from the heat, causing the rock to explode. A little shard of stone would be easily overlooked by an investigator as insignificant, or unrelated, to their research.
This could be a case of a micrometeorite making a lucky strike on this poor troglodyte. It’s highly unlikely that a single, pea-sized meteorite zipped through time and space just to ice a caveman. This particular stone may have been part of a meteor shower that peppered Rhodesia millions of moons ago. Evidence of similar events were uncovered in 2007 with mammoth tusks showing evidence of having been struck by micrometeorites.
By Chris Savia, Week In Weird