The oldest genetically identifiable nuclear family met a violent death, according to analysis of remains from 4,600-year-old burials in Germany.

Writing in the journal PNAS, researchers say the broken bones of these stone age people show they were killed in a struggle.

Comparisons of DNA from one grave confirm it contained a mother, father, and their two children.

The son and daughter were buried in the arms of their parents.


  1. #1 Christie
    November 18, 2008

    That’s sad – the poor kids! At least they were buried together…

  2. #2 John McKay
    November 18, 2008

    Don’t let Newt Gingrich hear about this. He’ll be up all night trying to figure out a way to blame their deaths on secularism, liberal values, and the teaching of evolution.

  3. #3 Monado in Toronto
    November 22, 2008

    The first article I read made the point that the other grave had a woman and two children. The children were related to each other but not to her. So even back then family was what you made it. The second article mentioned only the biologically related family. I guess the selective memory of history is starting to work.