Missed it yesterday, but Strange Herring and Secondhand Smoke have both picked up on this story about the curious compassion of our ancient ancestors:
The skull indicates that the child who lived about 530,000 years ago would have been severely handicapped — and yet survived at least five years and possibly several years longer. That suggests the parents or community provided the child with care, despite his or her obvious deformities.
“Her/his pathological condition was not an impediment to receiv[ing] the same attention as any other Middle Pleistocene Homo child,” the the team of Spanish researchers write in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Great commentary on this at Secondhand Smoke, but Blog Headline of the Day goes to Strange Herring: