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Originally posted by Kandinsky
I posted this several weeks ago on another thread and don't think anyone noticedHere it is again. The article contains scientific data backed up with references and evidence of elongated skulls being artificial. No elements of lost civilizations or aliens. Just good old fashioned human ingenuity. The focus is on Iranian skulls, but reference is made to both Africa and South America.
Prehistory of Iran-Artificial Cranial Modification
Cranial modification is caused during infancy through the shaping of a baby’s head whilst it is still malleable. Such shaping can be caused by both intentional and unintentional means, using objects such as bandages or textiles, wooden boards, or even simply massaging the head, causing either a flattening or elongation of the human skull (Dingwall, pp. 12-13; Brofin, p. 191; Molleson, pers. comm.).
The prehistoric Iranian examples known so far all result from such ante mortem modification of the skull, as is also the case with many other examples recovered from throughout the Near East (Arensburg and Hershkovitz, 1988; Idem, 1989; Molleson and Campbell; Meiklejohn et al.; Özbek; Senyurek and Tunakan; Fletcher et al.; Daems and Croucher). Cranial modification is one of the most obvious examples we have from the archaeological record of the active manipulation of the body during life, demonstrating choices to treat the body in particular ways, with implications in terms of the reflection of identity and identity construction
It's very academic but worth reading to gain the understanding that 'scientists' aren't all making stuff up.
Originally posted by tallcool1
Goathief and Jimbowsk -
"Sometimes no amount of archeological and anthropological evidence and the opinions and findings of the experts in those fields will alter the religion of extraterrestrial visitation...."
Originally posted by Namaste
I am really on the fence about this.
CoolBlackHole makes an incredibly valid point that it seems everyone has missed. Where are the pictures of children with the bindings on their heads?
If this is truly something that is still occuring today I would most definately think that there would be some pictures of children currently undergoing the "procedure."
Anyone have any pictures of this?
Originally posted by Masterjaden
How do these statements eliminate the plausibility of them making it up?
I don't see any reference to any actual evidence that it is artificial in nature.
Come on, don't just accept a reason because it fits your p[reconcieved notions and makes you feel more comfortable.
Besides as many have pointed out, WHY would they do cranial binding to enlarge the skulls in the first place, what about enlarged skulls made them feel superior????Jaden
Generally it's to distinguish one caste from another (the rulers are the only ones with head bindings). Tattoos also serve the same function.
They look exactly like modern humans because they were early modern humans. If some sci-fi movie became a reality and a cro-magnon was raised from birth in the 21st Century, nobody would notice the difference. Brain size was slightly larger and the physique was more muscular and stocky. Any of these traits can be found in a cross section of any city today.
Originally posted by Aeons
Cro-Magnon skeltons without their skulls look significantly like modern human skeletons.......
Originally posted by Clear
By such a method as cranium-binding to elongate the skull, it wouldn't increase the volume. The volume should be measured and compared to a human-norm skullvolume to narrow it down and see if it's even feasable that such a skull would have belonged to a human of the kind we know.
In the video they mentioned similar skulls that originated from other parts of the world. The volume of those were more than twice the size of a normal human skull. Now that's interesting, as it could not have been done by binding the cranium to cause deformation.
Giants? Alien "sungods"? Or just humans trying to mimic the look of something more powerful? (Then what is this that is more powerful?)
Edit: Adding image.
Take a look at this picture. Just imagine binding a cranium to look like that.
Also, this isn't the only skull that looks like this, there are more. So to think that a deformational disease could cause such perfect symmetry is just plain ignorance.
[edit on 27-2-2009 by Clear]