Neanderthal Burials Confirmed as Ancient Ritual

What’s interesting about this archaeological determination is that, going this far back, our ancestors appear to have been cognizant of the concept of immanent mortality for all (aka death) and possibly also the conceptual construct of ‘post-death’ (aka an after-life.)

A Neanderthal skeleton first unearthed in a cave in southwestern France over a century ago was intentionally buried, according to a new 13-year reanalysis of the site.

Confirming that careful burials existed among early humans at least 50,000 years ago, the companions of the Neanderthal took great care to dig him a grave and protect his body from scavengers, report the study authors in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Neanderthals were an ancient species of early humans, who left behind only faint traces of their genes in modern people of non-African descent.

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