Skip to comments.Compassion Helped Neanderthals To Survive, Study Reveals
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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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
They’re pretty much making a lot of stuff up.
It didn’t seem to work.
“Compassion Helped Neanderthals To Survive, Study Reveals”
I didn’t know they survived! Where do they live?
Neanderthals survive genetically in Europeans.
Take two acorns and call me in the morning.
According to anthropologists and archaeologists they survived far longer than modern man has survived thus far.
in fact I think all non-African peoples have neanderthal genes which indicates that the mating occured somewhere near Israel/the Levant as even Aboriginal Australians have the genes
If they really cared then they would have been wearing the appropriately colored ribbon. Find the ribbons, and you will have the proof.
And if mating occurred with offspring, then they were not a separate species, but just another race of Man.
This reads like another soppy script for a Disney movie.
well one step higher than “race” which is to some extent superficial — sub-species, so we are all Homo Sapiens Sapiens and neanders are Homo Sapiens neanderthalis
Neanderthals interbred with "modern" pattern folks and left descendants. That argues for the proposition that both are "varieties" of one species.
Remember Iza in the book “Clan of the Cave Bear” who nurses Alya back to health and then teaches her how to be a healer.
But, ultimately, Neanderthals didn't survive, did they?
Archeologists make the most outrageous hyperbolic inferences about the “social values” of long gone peoples from tiny scraps of physical evidence. When they do it should be considered a scientific crime.
Probably worked better than the barber Theodric of York.
We Are Neanderthals
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