Two infants were buried with strange "helmets" from the skulls of other children more than 2,000 years ago.
Scientist, led by study co-author Sara Juengst of the University of North Carolina's anthropology faculty, discovered the remains at a place called Salango in Ecuador and recently published their findings in Latin American Antiquity.
The researchers believe that this is the only known case in which children's skulls are used as helmets for the funeral of infants. and they do not know what killed the babies and children.
The face of an infant "through the cranium and out of it" – the space in which the brain is located ̵
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Science reports that a "hand-phalanx," a type of hand bone, was found between the child's head and the helmet.
Researchers reportedly did not know whose hand was involved.
The archaeologists also noted that it is likely that the children's skulls had flesh when they were turned into helmets because the helmets without flesh would probably not have held together.
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Juengst, along with researchers from Yale University and the Universidad Tecnica de Manabi, shared these findings.