Medieval skulls reveal long-term risk of brain injuries

January 28, 2015 2:26 PM

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Medieval skulls reveal long-term risk of brain injuries

The smooth edges of this skull fracture suggest that the injury healed after the skull's owner, a man buried in Odense, Denmark, was hurt. (Image courtesy of George R. Milner; collection, ADBOU University of Southern Denmark)

Skull fractures can lead to an early death, even if the victims initially survived the injuries, according to a new study that looked at skulls from three Danish cemeteries with funeral plots dating from the 12th to the 17th centuries.

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