Extreme Heat Of Mount Vesuvius Eruption Exploded Skulls Of Victims

Posted: Oct 10 2018, 11:07am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Extreme Heat of Mount Vesuvius Eruption Exploded Skulls of Victims
The remains of a child and a young adult male from the Herculaneum site. Image Credit: Petrone P, Pucci P, Vergara A, Amoresano A, Birolo L, Pane F, et al. (2018) A hypothesis of sudden body fluid vaporization in the 79 AD victims of Vesuvius. PLoS ONE
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Pompeii Victims of Mount Vesuvius Volcano Most Probably Died Sudden and Horrid Deaths as Their Heads Exploded and Body Fluids Vaporized due to Extreme Heat of Vesuvius eruption

The year was 79 A.D. and that was when the victims of the Mount Vesuvius volcanic eruption faced a horrid series of deaths that make us moderns shiver with fright.

Whereas previously researchers thought that these poor victims had died due to choking on the fumes of the volcano, now we know better. In fact, their brains boiled in their skulls due to the extreme heat. Also, the skulls exploded almost immediately and the liquid material evaporated leaving ashes and scarred bone in their wake.

The heat was very high as is evident from the recent research work that was done on the catastrophe. As the volcano exploded, it literally killed all the inhabitants of Pompeii who were present nearby.

Their muscles simply contracted and withered away under the intense pressure and hot hellish lava that poured overhead. Also, the bodies never had any time to react to the onslaught of Nature’s fury. They adopted “pugilistic” poses down to the last man, woman, and child.

The reason why they took up such postures that resembled boxers in the ring was that the muscles and tendons withdrew in the manner of a coiled spring. Their bodies never had any chance of feeling the pain of the death throes due to the extreme heat.

From the historical accounts we have received so far of this terrible tragedy and natural calamity, it appears to be the case that over 90% of the people of Pompeii evacuated the town days before the volcano erupted. That was because there had been forewarnings.

Earthquakes had started appearing with alarming regularity thereby shocking the inhabitants into action. The few who didn’t migrate from the town thus faced what was indeed hell on earth. It was an infernal time that cannot be matched by any other disaster.

Even the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki couldn’t equal what occurred at Pompeii in 79 A.D. The fact remains that the catastrophe was a hundred thousand times more lethal than the atomic explosion. The scale at which Vesuvius erupted is unimaginable. It hardly gave the inhabitants of this town a chance to escape or at least try to make a getaway.

Such a grim fate had only one silver lining and that was that any unnecessary and lengthy suffering was probably not felt by the denizens of Pompeii. They just got vaporized by the intensity of the hot flames and flowing lava.

The bodies which have been discovered in the town in our modern times have been noted to be lying in their original spots like babies in the wombs of their mothers.

This curling behavior was only natural when such a sharp contrast in normal temperature and blazing and sweltering heat was felt by these bodies. There was hardly any time to do anything. All and any prophylactic measures failed and the poor citizens of Pompeii succumbed to the Grim Reaper one by one.

While earlier probes into the matter had expressed the long-held belief that asphyxiation was the actual cause of the deaths, the reality is far different as we well know at present.

Everything including skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, viscera, and brains got signed so quickly that nothing remained except bones. Even they were badly damaged and scarred from the scenario they present before today’s archaeologists.

Black ash stuck to the inner and outer areas of the skulls of the victims show that the blood in the body cavities had most likely started boiling at the moment of the impact of the volcano.

Today there are inhabitants that live around the region and they fear history may repeat itself. This is not such an unfounded thought either. Yet evacuation plans are there this time around so the levels of anxiety may be less than in 79 A.D.

The findings of this new research got published in the journal PLOS One.

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