Crimea was previously a part of Ukraine, a former Soviet Union state that became self-governing in 1991. But in 2014 President Putin’s Russia annexed the territory. Crimea is separated from the Russian mainland by the Kerch Strait, a channel that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov.
Putin decided that this new territory of Crimea should be linked to Russia by an ambitious bridge building project. This started in 2015 with a mooted completion date of 2019. Built in three sections, the monumental piece of engineering will span almost 12 miles. And the disruption caused by the construction works is the reason why archaeologists are digging at the Kyz-Aul site, which is near the Kerch Strait.
But back to the skeleton: what is the peculiar characteristic that makes it so remarkable? Well, it has been identified by some as an example of an alien life form. One Russian news source has said that “some adherents of ‘ancient astronauts’ theories claim that the owners of such lengthened skulls may be human-extraterrestrial hybrids.” Moreover, when you take a look at the shape of the skull, you can see where this idea comes from.