Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano in Italy, is famous for erupting in 79 A.D. and scorching everything in its wake, most notably the ancient city of Pompeii. But not everyone fleeing the apocalyptic lava river was burned alive, as researchers uncovered a 2,000-year-old skeleton amid the ruins of Pompeii, concluding that it belonged to a man who was crushed by a rock while trying to escape.
In a reminder of life's infinite futility, the skeleton was found beneath a huge stone that researchers think could have been a door jamb. The man was ostensibly killed after "he was struck by the dense pyroclastic flow which threw him back," according to a statement released by the Archeological Park of Pompeii. In other words, the man, believed to be in his 30s when the volcano began belching, was struck by a huge rock and killed instantly while fleeing the snaking flow of lava. So far, his head hasn't been located.
"A formidable stone block (perhaps a door jamb), violently thrown by the volcanic cloud, collided with his upper body, crushing the highest part of the thorax and yet-to-be-identified head, which lie at a lower height of the lower limbs, and probably under the stone block," the statement continued.