This Week In History News, Mar. 24 – 30

Published March 29, 2019

518 million-year-old sea creature fossil uncovered, evidence of early humans' dwarf worship found, tourists taking disrespectful photos at Auschwitz called out.

518 Million-Year-Old Sea Creature Fossil Discovery Sheds New Light On Ocean Evolution

518 Million Year Old Daihua Fossil

Yang ZhaoThe 518-million-year-old Daihua fossil discovered in China.

A University of Bristol research team recently discovered a series of startling fossils in China. The recent discovery of these fossils has shed new light on dozens of species, many of them previously a mystery to the scientific community.

Among these finds was a 518-million-year-old fossilized sea creature with 18 tentacles near its mouth. Dubbed the Daihua sanqiong, the animal shared numerous anatomical features with the modern comb jelly, suggesting that it might be a distant relative.

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Dwarves And Disabled People May Have Been Worshipped In Ancient Times, Scientists Say

Skull With Cleft Palate

Luca Kis/ScienceThe skull of a medieval Hungarian man with a cleft palate who was buried like a hero.

A conference in Berlin that drew more than 130 paleopathologists, bioarchaeologists, geneticists, and rare disease experts has challenged long-held notions that those born with rare physical disabilities such as dwarfism or cleft palates worldwide were treated harshly in the distant past.

According to Science, the line of research involved here is called the bioarchaeology of care and researchers in this field have found sufficient evidence that those born with various disabilities long ago were actually supported by their communities around the world far more than previously thought.

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Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial Urges Visitors To Stop Taking Instagram Pics On Their Railway To Genocide

Auschwitz Train Track Balancing 1

TwitterA visitor at Auschwitz-Birkenau balancing on the train tracks that brought over 1 million people to their deaths.

More than 1.1 million people were killed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during the Holocaust. Now a memorial and museum, the site in modern-day Poland largely attracts a respectful and solemn crowd of visitors — with the exception of a few likes-hungry outliers.

According to The Jerusalem Post, a substantial amount of visitors have been balancing on and misbehaving around the train tracks which lead into the former camp — tracks upon which cargo trains transported countless innocents to their deaths.

In addition to the misguided behavior itself, visitors have been posting photos of themselves during this balancing act to social media. This action, in turn, prompted the official Auschwitz Memorial Twitter account to ask its visitors to practice more respectful etiquette on site and led to a heated conversation on social media concerning the subjective differences in proper mourning and individual respect.

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