Neanderthals Rediscovered How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story

ISBN-10: 0500051771
ISBN-13: 9780500051771
Edition: 2013
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 10/7/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

In recent years, the common perception of the Neanderthal has been transformed thanks to new discoveries and paradigm-shattering scientific innovations. It turns out that the Neanderthals’ behavior was surprisingly modern: they buried the dead, cared for the sick, hunted large animals in their prime, harvested seafood, and spoke. Meanwhile, advances in DNA technologies have forced a reassessment of the Neanderthals’ place in our own past. For hundreds of thousands of years, Neanderthals evolved in Europe very much in parallel to the Homo sapiens line evolving in Africa, and, when both species made their first forays into Asia, the Neanderthals may even have had the upper hand. Here, Dimitra Papagianni and Michael A. Morse look at the Neanderthals through the full dramatic arc of their existence—from their evolution in Europe to their expansion to Siberia, their subsequent extinction, and ultimately their revival in popular novels, cartoons, cult movies, and TV commercials.

Dimitra Papagianni has taught courses on the Neanderthals at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Bath. She lives in New York State.

Preface
A Long Underestimated Type of Human
The First Europeans: 1 million to 600,000 years ago
Defeating the Cold: 600,000 to 250,000 years ago
Meet the Neanderthals: 250,000 to 130,000 years ago
An End to Isolation: 130,000 to 60,000 years ago
Endgame: 60,000 to 25,000 years ago
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