Thursday, December 27, 2012

New light on how prehistoric humans related to the disabled

We tend to consider sensitivity to people with disabilities a modern development. But perhaps it isn't. 

A new theory posits that prehistoric humans cared for their disabled much as we do. According to these archeologists, the bare bones of the disabled tell stories of impressive devotion from their able-bodied comrades.  

My husband thinks the evidence is doubtful and that those archeologists are stretching things a bit. But I hope they are right and that we need to adjust our concept of "neanderthalian". 

Judge for yourself: "Ancient Bones That Tell a Story of Compassion" in the New York Times edition of December 18, 2012. 

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