A team of researchers found at the site of Tsukumo, Japan, the remains of a man who would have been the first victim of a shark. The skeleton was missing one hand, one leg.
According to a study that publishes Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, the events would have occurred in the Seto inland sea, in the Japanese archipelago. The international team of researchers from the University of Oxford reconstructed the events using a combination of archaeological science and forensic techniques.
The remains of the victim were found by investigators as they studied evidence of violent trauma in the skeletal remains of prehistoric hunters and gatherers kept at the University of Kyoto. There they found an individual identified with the number 24.
In a statement, the University of Oxford explained that initially the experts Alyssa White Y Rick Schulting were amazed at the depth and number of wounds (nearly 800) of which they presented the remains.
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The injuries were mainly limited to arms, legs, front of chest, and abdomen. Therefore, the experts carried out a process of elimination, in order to rule out that its origin was due to human conflicts, predators or the most common scavengers.
In conclusion, the team stated that the individual “died more than 3 thousand years, Come in 1,370 and 1,010 BC “ and that the distribution of wounds “suggests that he was alive at the time of the attack”.
The excavation records show that individual number 24 was missing a hand and the right leg, while the left, for its part, was placed on the body in an inverted position.
The hypothesis of the experts is that at the time of the attack the man I was fishing together with his companions, so that his body could be quickly recovered. In turn, they consider that it could be a tiger or white shark, taking into account the distribution and character of the tooth marks.
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Mark Hudson, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute, noted that this find not only provides a new perspective on ancient Japan, but is also a rare example of how archaeologists can re-enact a dramatic episode in the life of a prehistoric community.