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Scientists discover world’s first murder

Scientists have discovered evidence of what appears to be the first murder committed in the history of man

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Scientists have unearthed what is believed to be the world’s first murder in the history of mankind, British daily the Independent has reported.

Scientists using modern forensic methods say the victim was probably killed by two blows to the head, before being slung into a system of caves. The killing is said to have happened some 430,000 years ago, the report added.

The killing only became apparent after scientists in Madrid pieced together 54 fragments of a near-complete skull that were retrieved from the Sima de los Huesos or pit of bones.

Investigations revealed two holes above the victim’s left eye – the report added – which were caused by separate blows to the skull, with the same object.

They ruled out accidental death, saying the wounds were not consistent with an accidental fall – in this case plummeting down a 43 feet vertical shaft.

The international team concluded: “Given that either of the two traumatic events was likely lethal, the presence of multiple blows implies an intention to kill.”