The Neanderthals Rediscovered, revised edition.
The Neanderthals Rediscovered, revised edition
Dimitra Papagianni and Michael A. Morse
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Now in a revised and updated edition, The Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science is Rewriting Their Story examines what archaeological research, including advances in DNA technology, has revealed about the Neanderthal--a species very similar to homo sapiens, that appears to have evolved in Europe parallel to homo sapiens in Africa. The latest evidence reveals that Neanderthals were more like us that one might guess; they buried their dead, cared for the sick, hunted large animals, used red pigment, and had a spoken language. Both species journeyed into Asian territory, but the Neanderthals became extinct in prehistory. Was their extermination due to maladaption, inbreeding, or violent conflict with homo sapiens? Does the presence of a small amount of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans imply that interbreeding took place, and if so, then during what prehistoric period did this happen? Black-and-white and a handful of color photographs illustrate this fascinating survey, thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds and highly recommended especially for public library archaeology collections.