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Stone Age killing is oldest whodunit: Pleistocene-aged skull bears earliest evidence of homicide.
It's a classic murder mystery: no motive, no weapon, no suspect. Just a body, dumped in a remote location with fatal head injuries. It would be standard fare for an episode of CSI--except that it happened 430,000 years ago. That makes it the earliest documented case of homicide, researchers report May 27 in PLOS ONE.
The victim spent almost half a million years entombed in an underground cavern called Sima de los Huesos, or "Pit of Bones," in northern Spain. Since the 1970s,...
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