This volume describes the archaeological evidence for compassion in early humans from 2 milllion to 30,000 years ago. After describing the biology of compassion, the authors review archaeological evidence for compassionate care of the ill and infirm, risk taking on behalf of others, and a desire to soothe others distress within early species of human. They conclude with a model for the development of a capacity for compassion in humans.
The volume is written by a lecturer and two researchers in Early Prehistory at the University of York and builds on research published in the journal Time and Mind (2010).
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