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Why our ancestors drilled holes in each other’s skulls

by Robin Wylie, BBC Earth

Thousands of years ago, people were performing a form of surgery called “trepanation” that involves boring holes through a person’s skull

For a large part of human prehistory, people around the world practised trepanation: a crude surgical procedure that involves forming a hole in the skull of a living person by either drilling, cutting or scraping away layers of bone with a sharp implement.

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