Howling Babies Drove Prehistoric Warriors Into Battle?

September 14, 2014 8:03 PM

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Howling Babies Drove Prehistoric Warriors Into Battle?

If you have ever seen, or spent time with (or, god forbid, had to live with) a colicky baby, this will make perfect sense to you. It may not make actual sense, but when the baby is crying you don't think very straight.

Speaking at the first BAHFest in 2013, MIT grad student Tomer Ullman proposes that in ancient times, screaming babies were used to motivate armies to fight. Howling infants, he suggests, were probably attached in baby-carriers to the backs of warriors to give the combatants "a natural adrenalin boos...

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