1. Humans have been burying their dead for at least 200,000 years. Among the earliest suspected grave sites are Atapuerca, Spain, and Pontnewydd Cave, Wales.

2. Exactly why we get old and die is still a puzzle. One hypothesis is that because most creatures are killed or die of disease before they can get old, evolution doesn’t weed out the mutations which hurt us in old age.

3. “Death”, the word, comes from the Old English deað (that symbol on the end is known as “eth” and is pronounced “th”). It is related to the German Tod, the Old Norse dauði, the Danish død, and the same concept in other Germanic languages.

4. “Mortality” and “mortal” come to English through Old French and stem from the Latin mors, meaning death.


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