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DESPITE their reputation as brutish cavemen, Neanderthals survived for almost 300,000 years because they were compassionate.
A study of remains showed most had injuries that needed massage, fever management and good hygiene provided out of genuine feelings for others rather than self-interest.
Dr Penny Spikins, of York University, said: ‘‘Neanderthals did not think in terms of whether others might repay their efforts. They responded to seeing their loved ones suffering.’’ The study, published in the journal World Archaeology, undermines the traditional view of Neanderthals, who occupied Europe and Asia from 300,000 to 30,000 years ago, as thugs.