Compassion Helped Neanderthals To Survive, Study Reveals

Compassion Helped Neanderthals To Survive, Study Reveals

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Compassion Helped Neanderthals To Survive, Study Reveals
University of York ^ | Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | Alistair Keely

Posted on 03/13/2018 11:05:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

They have an unwarranted image as brutish and uncaring, but new research has revealed just how knowledgeable and effective Neanderthal healthcare was. The study, by the University of York, reveals that Neanderthal healthcare was uncalculated and highly effective — challenging our notions that they were brutish compared to modern humans. The researchers argue that the care provided was widespread and should be seen as a “compassionate and knowledgeable response to injury and illness.” It is well known that Neanderthals sometimes provided care for the injured, but new analysis by the team at York suggest they were genuinely caring of their peers, regardless of the level of illness or injury, rather than helping others out of self-interest. Lead author, Dr Penny Spikins, senior lecturer in the Archaeology of Human Origin at the University of York, said: “Our findings suggest Neanderthals didn’t think in terms of whether others might repay their efforts, they just responded to their feelings about seeing their loved ones suffering.” Most of the individuals archaeologists know about had a severe injury of some kind, with detailed pathologies highlighting a range of debilitating conditions and injuries. In some cases the injuries occurred long before death and would have required monitoring, massage, fever management and hygiene care, the study suggests. Analysis of a male aged around 25-40 at time of death revealed a catalogue of poor heath, including a degenerative disease of the spine and shoulders. His condition would have sapped his strength over the final 12 months of life and severely restricted his ability to contribute to the group. Yet, the authors of the study argue he remained part of the group as his articulated remains were subsequently carefully buried.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; neandertal; neandertals; neanderthal; neanderthals

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Compassion helped Neanderthals to survive, study reveals

1 posted on 03/13/2018 11:05:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; …

IOW, here’s something that has political value in the here and now, so instead of twisting it into yet another reason why Neandertal went extinct, it becomes a reason why Neandertal didn’t go extinct. Neandertal invented Obamacare! Trump’s a racist! /sarc

2 posted on 03/13/2018 11:08:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (,,

To: SunkenCiv

They’re pretty much making a lot of stuff up.

3 posted on 03/13/2018 11:09:38 PM PDT by ifinnegan (Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell)

To: SunkenCiv

It didn’t seem to work.

4 posted on 03/13/2018 11:28:02 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)

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