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Old 11-19-2008, 12:53 PM   #880
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Dig turns up dark end of a loving Flintstones family

A set of ancient skeletons discovered in Germany has demonstrated that, just like the Flintstones, Stone Age humans formed nuclear families.

Genetic analysis of four bodies found in a 4,600-year-old grave shows that they belonged to a mother, a father and their two sons, who were buried together in one another’s arms.

The Neolithic remains, which belong to a man aged between 40 and 60, a woman aged between 35 and 50, and boys aged 4 to 5 and 8 to 9, provide the earliest firm evidence for the existence of nuclear family units.

They may also bear witness to an ancient massacre: they were interred along with nine others in four graves, and many of the bodies show signs of a violent end. One female had a stone projectile head embedded in a vertebra, another had a fractured skull, and others had cut marks on their hands and forearms consistent with self-defence.
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