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In the current version of Dwarf Fortress, skulls are somewhat easy to shatter. Lucky head-punches can slay even your greatest dwarfs.
There are many a myth regarding the unique structure of a dwarven skull, in that it is paper thin. Logical dwarven philosophers and religious philosophers disagree.
The logical group attributes that the reason a dwarf has such a weak skull is also why the beard is so strong; as dwarves cannot physically sit down, kneel or lean they're mostly upright their entire life. This caused a gradual change throughout the early generations as gravity brought the skull plating down from their heads into their beards.
The other group theorises that when the First Mountain King of the dwarves was shot from Armok's womb, he plummeted from the sky many z levels high. The fetus smashed into the ground, head first. This also explains the dwarves'... peculiar mental state.