Look at that hole in a fairly recent (2000 year old?) human skull.
How many centimeters in size do you think it is?
There’s a scale bar right next to the hole, and that scale is in millimeters, and it looks like it’s more than 1 centimeter (or 10 millimeters) and less than 2 centimeters (or 20 millimeters).
If you guessed 1.7 centimeters, or 17 millimeters, you are correct, because that’s what the Ministry of Antiquities, located in Cairo, said was the measurement on their Facebook page.
قطر يبلغ حوالي 1.7سم
But when they translated their statement into English, they accidentally translated 1.7 cm as 17 cm.
a rounded cavity of 17 cm wide
Some websites which used the right measurement
Some websites which used the wrong measurement
Ahram Online (cited by above Gizmodo article)
Egypt Today (cited by above Gizmodo article)
Some websites which didn’t give either measurement
If you’re worried that that particular Gizmodo author wrote a good article because he used the right measurement, don’t be worried. Somehow he introduced different errors into his article, including referring to one of the individuals as the wrong age and saying the assigned-as-female skeleton was the individual was the one with the 17 millimeter hole in the skull. Oh well!