Researchers find evidence of prehistoric massacre in Kenya

Researchers find evidence of prehistoric massacre in Kenya

A new study has revealed evidence of prehistoric massacre in Kenya, providing a yet another testimony that man’s inhumanity to man in not a recent development.

A group of researchers from the Cambridge University’s Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies claimed to have discovered the oldest massacre in human history in the fossilized bones of more than two dozen ancient people unearthed at Nataruk, around 30 km west of Lake Turkana in Kenya.

Some of the fossilized remains showed that they very victims of brutal violence. Researchers found that the skulls, hands, knees and ribs of those people were broken, which indicated that they suffered blunt-force trauma.

They also found marks left on bones by stone arrows. Most of the fossilized skeletons also showed signs of severe cranial trauma.

Marta Mirazon Lahr, who led the Nataruk study, said, “The deaths at Nataruk are testimony to the antiquity of inter-group violence and war. These human remains … with no deliberate burial, and provide unique evidence that warfare was part of the repertoire of inter-group relations among some prehistoric hunter-gatherers.”

The shocking findings of the study have been detailed in the most recent edition of journal Nature, which publishes science news and articles across a broad range of scientific fields.