Re: fossil evidence of disease

Erin Miller (
19 Jun 1995 14:25:52 -0500

In article <3s4cgi$qtv@jupiter.WichitaKS.HMPD.COM>,
Jim Foley <> wrote:

>A number of other fossils have signs of other injuries and illnesses,
>such as the Old Man of La Chapelle-aux-Saints, and one of the Shanidar
>fossils (both of these are Neandertals).

Actually, the amazing thing about Shanidar is that of the 9 individuals
(2 infants, 7 adults), all 4 of the adult males showed pathologies. Two
were not very extensive, one *very* extensive, and then one sort of in
between. Even the other two adults, younger females, shows the beginnings
of DJD.