The Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science is Rewriting Their Story

The Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science is Rewriting Their Story


By (author) Dimitra Papagianni, By (author) Michael A. Morse

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 236mm x 32mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 7 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500051771
  • ISBN 13: 9780500051771
  • Illustrations note: 77 illustrations, 20 in colour
  • Sales rank: 139,224

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For too long the Neanderthals have been seen as dim-witted evolutionary dead-enders who looked and behaved completely differently from us, but in recent years their story has been transformed thanks to new discoveries and advances in scientific techniques. In a compelling narrative one that has not previously been told in a way that encompasses the entire dramatic arc from evolution to expansion to extinction this book takes a fresh and engaging look at the whole story of the Neanderthals, setting out all the evidence, redressing the balance and arriving at a fairer assessment of a species that was closely related to us and in so doing addresses what it is to be human.

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Focused squarely on the Neanderthals in their own right how they lived, how they evolved, how they inhabited Europe for at least two hundred millennia. . . . The Neanderthals Rediscovered has the fresh charm of treating human evolution as a curious story that leads to the Neanderthals, rather than as a moral tale that rises ever upward and inevitably to us godlike moderns. "