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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Margaret Mead

Someone asked the great anthropologist Margaret Mead, "What is the first sign you look for, to tell you of an ancient civilization?"

The interviewer had in mind a tool or article of clothing. Ms. Mead surprised him by answering, "A healed femur."

When someone breaks a femur, they can't survive to hunt, fish, or escape enemies unless they have help from someone else. A healed femur indicates that someone helped that person, rather than abandoning them and saving themselves.

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