It has been such a long held belief that all elongated skulls found (and there are many, all over the world) were the product of skull binding, or artificial cranial deformation. To me this is such a ridiculous conclusion. Would you press the skull of your baby between two wooden planks for years. Your child wouldn’t even be able to walk around, not to mention it would scream of pain all the time. Even wrapping with cloths would cause pressure and thus pain.
A lot of these scientists have never studied these skulls. The few that did came to the conclusion that these elongated skulls were duly natural, and were not artificially deformed. Renewed study of the elongated skull in the last decade has shown that, at least for those skulls examined, there were no signs of artificial deformation.
To show that these were natural skulls, the following are three historical examples of scientists who carefully examined some elongated skulls and who came to the conclusion that those people were born with it. (this is taken from my article Non-Human Intelligent Beings on this Earth in Past and Present . By the way: as these were very different people, were did they come from, and why did they disappear? More of this in my article.
1. Rivero and Tschudi (Rivero y Ustariz, Mariano Eduardo de & Johann Jakob von Tschudi, Peruvian Antiquities, New York: George P. Putnam & Co.1853) who describe a mummy containing a foetus with an elongated skull. “We ourselves have observed the same fact [of the absence of signs of artificial pressure] in many mummies of children of tender age, who, although they had cloths about them, were yet without any vestige or appearance of pressure of the cranium. The same formation of the head presents itself in children yet unborn; and of this truth we have had convincing proof in the sight of a foetus, enclosed in the womb of a mummy of a pregnant woman, which we found in a cave of Huichay, two leagues from Tarma, and which is, at this moment, in our collection. Professor D’Outrepont, of great Celebrity in the department of obstetrics, has assured us that the foetus is one of seven months’ age. It belongs, according to a very clearly defined formation of the cranium, to the tribe of the Huancas. We present the reader with a drawing of this conclusive and interesting proof in opposition to the advocates of mechanical action as the sole and exclusive cause of the phrenological form of the Peruvian race. Professor D’Outrepont, of great Celebrity in the department of obstetrics, has assured us that the foetus is one of seven months’ age. It belongs, according to a very clearly defined formation of the cranium, to the tribe of the Huancas. We present the reader with a drawing of this conclusive and interesting proof in opposition to the advocates of mechanical action as the sole and exclusive cause of the phrenological form of the Peruvian race.”
2. Dr. Bellamy (Bellamy, P. F. A brief Account of two Peruvian Mummies in the Museum of the Devon and Cornwall Natural History Society. in ‘Annals and Magazine of Natural History’. Vol. X, October 1842) makes a similar observation about the two elongated skulls of infants, which were discovered and brought to England by Captain Blankley and handed over to the Museum of the Devon and Cornwall Natural History Society in 1838. According to Bellamy these skulls belonged to two infants – male and female, “one of which was not more than a few months old, and the other could not be much more than one year”. He writes, It will be manifest from the general contour of these skulls that they are allied to those in the Museum of the College of Surgeons in London, denominated Titicacans. Those adult skulls are very generally considered to be distorted by the effects of pressure; but in opposition to this opinion Dr. Graves has stated, that “a careful examination of them has convinced him that their peculiar shape cannot be owing to artificial pressure;” and to corroborate this view, we may remark that the peculiarities are as great in the child as in the adult, and indeed more in the younger than in the elder of the two specimens now produced: and the position is considerably strengthened by the great relative length of the large bones of the cranium; by the direction of the plane of the occipital bone, which is not forced upwards, but occupies a place in the under part of the skull; by the further absence of marks of pressure, there being no elevation of the vertex nor projection of either side; and by the fact of there being no instrument nor mechanical contrivance suited to produce such an alteration of form (as these skulls present) found in connection with them.
3. Pentland (Graves. R.J. Remarkable skulls found in Peru. The Dublin Journal of Medical and Chemical Science. No. 15, 1834) writes about adult skulls which he excavated near Lake Titicaca in Bolivia in 1827: A careful examination of these skulls has convinced me that their peculiar shape cannot be owing to artificial pressure. The great elongation of the face and the direction of the plane of the occipital bone are not to be reconciled with this opinion, and therefore we must conclude that the peculiarity of shape depends on a natural conformation. If this view of the subject be correct, it follows that these skulls belonged to a race of mankind now extinct, and which differed from any now existing.