Neanderthals Rediscovered, Hardback Book
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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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208 pages, 77 illustrations, 20 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: Prehistoric archaeology
  • ISBN: 9780500051771

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The title is descriptive, and the prose is workmanlike. The current news is a welcome summing up of the last yen years in this field, which can be quite contentious. Morse and Papagiani seem balanced in their approach, and the flurry of newspaper items in the 2000's was confusing on occasion. They present a limited number of conclusions, and lay to rest some tropes in the anthropology as well as entertainment worlds. I found it a useful summary of the present state of play.The maps are a little weak, without some useful levels of detail.