Scientists have used modern forensic techniques in order to analyse a 430,000-year-old skull discovered in the underground Sima de los Huesos cave system in the Atapuerca Mountains, northern Spain. ‘Cranium 17’, who by the way was thought to be an interior designer specialising in ‘cave dwelling makeovers’ has two lethal wounds to it, making it the oldest confirmed murder victim in history. Since the skull predates Homo sapiens by over 200,000 years, it has been postulated Cranium 17 belonged to a Neanderthal. One theory is, the victim had been subjected to domestic violence. In any event, the case had been turned over to CSI Navarre and Pamplona’s Policia Nacional’s very cold case unit. An arrest is not imminent!


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