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Humans have been drilling holes into each others' heads for thousands of years, and, surprisingly, we've actually been pretty good at it, even way back when. A re-analysis of a 5,000-year-old cow's skull suggests humans were performing cranial surgery on animals as well - but why would they even bother? The answer could yield new insights into ancient human behaviour and the origin of practices that still exist to this very day.

Italian archaeologists have uncovered a Medieval grave containing the remains of a woman and a foetus lying between her legs. It's a grim example of a "coffin birth," say the researchers, but there's even more to this horrific Middle Ages tragedy than that.