LONDON: An ancient skeleton unearthed in Israel may contain the oldest evidence of brain damage in a modern human.
Given the brain damage, the child was likely unable to care for himself or herself, so people must have spent years looking after the little boy or girl, according to the researchers, who analysed the 3D images. People from the child’s group left funerary objects in the youngster’s burial pit as well.
Those signs of care for a disabled person suggest that the roots of human compassion go way back, said HŽlne Coqueugniot, an anthropologist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) at the University of Bordeaux in France, and lead author of the study.
“It is some of the most ancient evidence of compassion and altruism,” Coqueugniot said.
The child’s skeleton was first uncovered decades ago in a cave site known as