1Dear Mr. Jay,
2The seminar on Anthropology in Seattle was awe-inspiring. Thank you for giving me the chance to attend it. I am writing to let you know how much I relished the 3-day consortium and would appreciate the opportunity to give a short presentation to our coworkers based on what I learned, as I am convinced it will be insightful.
3The story of compassion found surrounding the bones of a homo erectus female, dated to 1.4 million years, is particularly fascinating. That she was found to have suffered a rare degenerative bone disease, and hardly moved or walked, due to consuming excessive amounts of Vitamin A from the livers of wild animals, is a breakthrough for all humans to study. More importantly, the way that she was buried- laid with her head “nested” by round stones and her body facing the river- delineates an element of compassionate sentiment not seen or evidenced before in discoveries associated with this period in our early ancestral history.
4My contention is that it would be beneficial to all our colleagues to be presented with the knowledge of this magnificent discovery in order to further our studies and to celebrate the fact that basic human sympathy has been with us for a much greater time than previously hypothesized.
5Thanks once again for giving me this wonderful opportunity to further our research here at the academy.