Origin of Emotions

Zhuohan Cai (Zen+@CMU.EDU)
Sat, 7 May 1994 22:01:23 -0400

I have been reading Roger Lewin's "The Origin of Modern Humans." In
the prologue, he describes a cave find of homonid bones belonging to a
people known as "Shanidar", of same genus but not sapien. The bones
have been speculated to be those of a religious man, or shaman. Pollen
grains were found around the bones. Based on this evidence, some say
that it might have been a religious burial of sorts.
I am intrigued. Did our ancestors have the same range of complex
everyday feelings we experience? Is there any evidence to substantiate
or disprove that?
This is just for interests' sake; I am no anthropologist.

Zhuohan Cai

"We are all potential fossils carrying within us
the crudities of our former existences." - Loren Eiseley