Speaking of fossilized doom, see those chop marks on that skull up there? It’s likely proof that Jamestown colonists resorted to cannibalism to survive the harsh winter of 1609. Their supply ships had been destroyed by a hurricane and their fort was under siege by the Powhatan tribe.
After they ran out of dogs, rats and snakes to eat, these preserved remains suggest they turned to each other. Looks like this teenage girl, who researchers are calling “Jane”, drew the short straw.
Using advanced facial reconstruction technology, AMNH scientists were able to not only reconstruct her butchering, but also her face.
Eventually, the flesh was cut away from Jane’s cheeks and facial muscles, her tongue was removed, and her brain was extracted through the hole in her skull. English diets in the 17th century often included the cheek, tongue, and brain of animals, so it’s not surprising to [researchers] that the same parts of Jane’s head would have been removed for consumption.