Down Syndrome

The discovery of a Neanderthal child with Down syndrome at the Cova Negra site in Valencia, Spain, highlights the compassionate and complex social structure of Neanderthal societies. Named Tina, the child exhibited symptoms such as hearing loss and dizziness and lived to at least six years old, indicating extensive community care. This finding challenges previous notions that Neanderthal care was only for reciprocating adults, suggesting genuine altruism. The study also underscores the importance of interdisciplinary research methods in paleoanthropology, providing deeper insights into the health and social dynamics of ancient populations.

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