June 27th, 2009

Paleolithic Human Remains

TIME: Upper Paleolithic, preferably Solutrean or Magdalenian
PLACE: France/Spain, mostly in the Aquitaine region
GOOGLE-FOO: paleolithic skeletal/human remains, paleolithic skeletal abnormalities, solutrean skeletal/human remains, archaeological remains-all I seem to kick up is news articles on Homo floresiensis and white supremacist creepers.

I'm looking for instances of Homo sapien skeletal remains that show evidence of birth defects and illness that have survived, if not into adulthood than at least a few years. Not necessarily an otherwise healthy adult who gets, say, a tooth infection, but the sort of infant that would probably be considered a burden for a highly mobile hunter/gatherer people. I don't really need a specific disorder or illness, just proof that such a child would (or would not) survive for any length of time.

I'm almost dead positive they're out there, but I'm using the wrong words-suggestions there would be awesomesauce too. <3
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Amnesia

Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me. My character has retrograde amnesia caused by an accident on his college campus. What would be the protocol for dealing with his memory loss? Would they allow him to go back to school? What kind of therapy would he be put through? The doctors or college have no way of getting in touch with his family so he is all alone and his roommate died in the accident that caused him to have memory loss.

ETA: Country is the United States and the time period is the present. Sorry for not adding that earlier.






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Homosexuality and Catholicism in 1950s England

Setting: North-West England
Period: Late 1950s

A devoutly Catholic lower-middle-class family have just discovered that their son (aged twenty-two) is involved in a homosexual relationship with a much older man. He is unrepentant about it and as he's already moved out of the family home, there's very little they can do about it. In the end they wind up cutting off ties with him completely.

What I want to know is what they would ask of him before they give him up as a lost cause. Obviously they want him to break it off. Presumably they want him to go to confession. What else? Do they tell him to talk to a priest outside of the confessional? Do they think of it as a psychological as well as a religious problem? Do they tell him to pray, or that they'll be praying for him? Do they ask their priest to go and talk to him? What else?

Any details of how they might react or recommended reading would be very much appreciated.

DNA Samples

Okay. So a person is missing and a jacket they were wearing turns up somewhere, with blood on it. A close relative positively identifies the jacket. The police want to take a blood test/oral swab sample to make sure the blood on the jacket is definitely from the missing person. I'm pretty sure that the person's relative would first have to consent to giving a DNA sample, right? Afterwards, the sample is destroyed and the information purged from the police database - but does this mean that the police couldn't but the DNA sample through their criminal records to check for matches without breaking the law?

Thanks for you help, guys.

ETA: This takes place in Iowa, USA in late 2007 to early 2008.