Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting

Archaeologists from the University of York called on the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous.
A Researcham Paleo (Centre for Human Evolutionary Origin and Paleoecologynd the Department of Archaeology at York University Offers New and different perperspective, suggesting at Neanderthals children have a strong emotional bond with their immediate social group experienced, used by the game To develop skills and have played an important role in society.
The traditional perception of the hardness of the Neanderthal child is largely based on biological data, but archaeologists, Dr. Penny Spikins led also studied cultural and social evidence of the experience of the research published explore Neanderthal children. In the Oxford Journal of Archaeology, found that childhood experience Neanderthals were subtly have different from their modern counterparts to human more emphasis on social relationships within their group. Search Neanderthal burials suggest that children played a particularly important role in society, especially in the symbolic expression.
The research team, which also includes Gail Hitchens,
(BD IT TALK) Andy Needham and Holly Rutherford, says there is no evidence that Neanderthals treated their sick and injured children for months or even years. The study of child burials, meanwhile, shows that the young man has been given particular attention, when they are dead, with generally more complex than most individuals. Neanderthal age groups are suspected of graves was small and have relatively isolated, which has important consequences for the social and emotional context of childhood. Life in rugged terrain, it will have been little selective pressure to avoid the tendency of external groups with a natural emotional stress to overcome the following internal connections nearby.
Dr. Spikins who has a new book about the reasons of altruism was central human evolutionary origins, the way in which we pity people Made (Pen & Sword), published later this year, said: "The point sees traditional Neanderthal Sees childhood as particularly hard, difficult and dangerous. This is consistent with the assumptions about the inferiority of Neanderthal and missing children, protect embody down the Neanderthals. ADVERTISING
"Our research showed that the narrow focus on child-Link is a plausible interpretation of the archaeological evidence and explains an unusual approach in infants and children, at the funeral, and the establishment of symbolism Neanderthal in a context that is more likely to have included children
T TALK) "The Interpretation of the high activity and frequent periods of scarcity is a part of basic education perceived this difficult. Yet these challenges in childhood cannot be distinguished from the normal experience of the first children of the Paleolithic man or modern hunter-gatherers particularly cold environments. It Have is a fundamental difference between a difficult childhood and youth in a hostile environment lived. "
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