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originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: peter vlar
That's why I chose "homicide" for the title rather than "murder." Homicide is the killing of a human being regardless of the intent and includes murder, voluntary ritual sacrifice, euthanasia, etc.
The idea of ritual sacrifice (or ritual anything) 430,000 years ago is exciting because nobody really knows when religion began. Another fascinating thing about Sima de los Huesos is that the remains are from more than one species of hominin.
It's certainly plausible that the individual was sacrificed and thrown in the pit as an offering. Maybe the ritualistic nature of the sacrifice didn't extend to the method by which the person was killed (otherwise, I'd expect similar injuries to other craniums)?
Who is to say this person, whatever it was, didn't get struck by a stalagmite or stalactite and roll down a hill and fall on it again!
The archeological site, Sima de los Huesos in northern Spain, is located deep within an underground cave system and contains the skeletal remains of at least 28 individuals.OP Source
think it's pretty fair to be skeptical that it was a homicide...