Deformed Skull Suggests Human Ancestors Had Compassion

I’ve heard talk of this argument from anthropological evidence before.  I am sure that many of you have too.  Here is the latest article to be published on the idea:

http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/03/skull.html

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3 thoughts on “Deformed Skull Suggests Human Ancestors Had Compassion

  1. Some time ago, I read another story (maybe in the New York Times?) about a skeleton that had been found of a young adult (as I recall the estimate was that the person was about 16 years old at the time of death) who had had a serious enough case of spina bifida that he or she (I can’t even remember the gender) almost certainly would not have been able to walk. The story suggested that the fact that this person had lived for approximately 16 years and almost certainly would have had to have been dragged around by members of a semi-nomadic culture, showed without question the presence of something like caring or compassion. Does anyone else remember this case? I have been unable to find it, but wish I could read it again.

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