Early Humans Learned Kindness Before Intelligence

A new study found that early humans learned kindness and compassion at least a million years ahead of the development of intelligence and language.

These findings contradict an earlier belief that early humans learned intelligence and language first before they understood emotions.

“Human evolution is usually depicted as driven by intelligence, with empathy and deeper emotions following,” study leader Penny Spikins of the University of York told the Sunday Times.

“However, the evidence suggests it happened the other way round. Evolution made us sociable, living in groups and looking after one another, even before we had language.”