Studying the prehistoric massacre at Lake Turkana
Approximately 16 000 people from around the world die each day from traumatic injury. Road traffic collisions, murder and suicide are the leading causes of traumatic death and injury. Was this always the case? the EU-funded TRAUMOBITA project will study how traumatic mortality among prehistoric humans shaped our behaviour during the Late Pleistocene to the Middle Holocene. Understanding how humans died is critical for specifying the role violence played in forming our behaviour. The project will study human fossils from Lake Turkana in Kenya. This is where a group of hunter-gatherers attacked one another some 10 000 years ago. The findings will enable the identification and characterisation of traumatic death and provide insight into human behavioural adaptations.
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