Many people across the globe have a perception that "The Coneheads" is the family of aliens. This gives rise to the question, were "The Coneheads" real?
Several times anthropologists have uncovered elongated human skulls with the fact that these were not in this shape by birth. Then, how is it possible that just a particular group of people had this kind of a body structure?
Strange, right! Anthropologists say coneheads went through a body modification called "Skull Modification".
It's a strong belief that coneheads are extraterrestrials. No doubt, this is something to consider, but the practice of skull elongation is documented precisely. However, the question is why someone will deform a child's head in this manner? The true origins of the practice remain questionable and a paradox.
When a child is born, his head would be bound between two wooden planks, or strapped to a cradleboard until the desired effect is achieved. This can go on for a period of six months and sometimes it takes years to achieve the desired shape and outcome.
No matter how old coneheads (Mayans) were, they were always in rumors for their cutting-edge choices, including jewels in their teeth, skull elongation, or vague hairstyle going well with their elongated heads.
The elongated hair was a mark of beauty and status in the Congo region, which in turn inspired hairstyles. This was practiced until the mid 90's when it was outlawed by the government.
Some of the elongated skulls found in Australia were estimated 14,000 years old. This takes them back to the stone age, the time where all this originated from.
It's something any of us can understand that squeezing an infant's skull may hurt. Moreover, it can also potentially kill the child. An excavation occurred in Mexico found that many of the elongated skulls came from children, giving a strong proof that skull elongation may be lethal.
The Chinook people of North America reserved the practice of head flattening for the social elite. As a result, an elongated skull was an indication of noble birth. The Mangbetu tribe of Africa also used head elongation as an indication of status.
The Chinook people performed skull elongation for just the social elite. As a result, an elongated skull was a sign of noble birth. Moreover, the Mangbetu tribe of Africa used this process as a symbol of status.
The elongated skulls found in Peru were extremely different from other ancient skulls. Adding more to it, not just size, they also had a cranium capability upto 25% larger and upto 60% heavier than the normal human skull.
Conehead skulls dating back 1,650 years were found in France that seemed to belong to aristocrats. Moreover, this tomb also contained pearls, bronze mirror, and few gold pins.
Skull elongation is still practiced occasionally on an island in the South Pacific known as Vanuatu. This process has been prohibited in many countries, and Vanuatu is one of the few places where it is practiced.
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