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May 15, 2008

Torah Kachur

Cavemen were primitive - they probably only ever grunted, raped and pillaged and smeared themselves in blood and danced around in some crazy rituals.  We like to think of ancient hominids as so less evolved then us, and we are the superior descendants of those crazy relatives.

 

That is, until we find evidence of ancient humans' capacity for love, compassion and treating their relatives way better than our method of handing them off to healthcare workers or old folks homes.  Our ancient relatives would certainly grunt at that one.

 

Host:  Torah Kachur

 

Photo credits:  Gracia et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Encyclopedia Brittanica, Wikimedia Users:  Jose Luis Martinez Alvarez, Kyle Flood, Ildar Sagdejev

 

References:  http://www.pnas.org/content/106/16/6573.full.pdf+html

http://www.archaeologyinfo.com/homoheidelbergensis.htm

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