Neanderthals Were Compassionate and Caring

Neanderthals displayed a deep seated sense of compassion, according to British archaeologists who are studying the evolution of compassion in humans.

 

Neanderthals are often depicted as brutish club wielders, but a new book suggests Neanderthals had a sensitive side, displaying “a deep seated sense of compassion.”

 

The findings, also published in the journal Time & Mind, are part of a larger study charting how empathy and other related feelings evolved in early humans.

 

Researchers Penny Spikins, Andy Needham and Holly Rutherford from the University of York Archaeology Department examined archaeological evidence for the way emotions began to emerge in our ancestors six million years ago and then developed through more recent times. 

 BY JENNIFER VIEGAS