They have an unwarranted image as brutish and uncaring, but new research has revealed just how knowledgeable and effective Neanderthal healthcare was. The study, by the University of York, reveals that Neanderthal healthcare was uncalculated and highly effective — challenging our notions that they were brutish compared to modern humans. The researchers argue that the care provided was widespread and should be seen as a “compassionate and knowledgeable response to injury and illness.” It is well known that Neanderthals sometimes provided care for the injured, but a new analysis by the team at York suggests they were genuinely caring of their peers, regardless of the level of illness or injury, rather than helping others out of self-interest.
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