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A Look at Theories About Elongated Skulls in Ancient Peru, Europe, Egypt

Elongated Skulls
Top left: An elongated skull from Paracas, Peru. Top right: This female head has an elongated skull, and is probably a child of Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten (1351–1334 B.C.). Bottom left: Slave girls in the Congo, whose heads have been elongated through binding at a young age, ca. 1900–1915. Bottom right: Elongated skull of a young woman on display at Yverdon History museum. (Wikimedia Commons)

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