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Cranial deformation as an indicator for cultural membership


Scientists study individuals who lived during the Migration Period



Led by Ron Pinhasi from the University of Vienna, Austria and Mario Novak from the Institute for Anthropological Research in Zagreb, Croatia the study combines bioarchaeological isotopic and ancient DNA methods to analyze the dietary patterns, sex, and genetic affinities of three Migration Period (5th century CE) individuals who were recovered from a pit in the city of Osijek in eastern Croatia. They are associated with the presence of various nomadic people such as the Huns and/or Germanic tribes like the Gepids and Ostrogoths in this part of Europe. The results of the study are published in the recent issue of "PLOS ONE". [read more]

Daniel Fernandes, Kendra Sirak, Olivia Cheronet, Rachel Howcroft, Mislav Čavka, Dženi Los, Josip Burmaz, Ron Pinhasi, Mario Novak: Cranial deformation and genetic diversity in three adolescent male individuals from the Great Migration Period from Osijek, eastern Croatia DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0216366

The elongated skull during the excavation (© D. Los/Kaducej Ltd).