"In the first complete chronological narrative of the species from emergence to extinction...archaeologist Dimitra Papagianni and science historian Michael Morse have shaped a gem." ―Nature
In recent years, the common perception of the Neanderthals 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 communicated with spoken language. Meanwhile, advances in DNA technologies are compelling us to reassess the Neanderthals’ place in our own past.
For hundreds of thousands of years, Neanderthals evolved in Europe parallel to Homo sapiens evolving in Africa, and, when both species made their first forays into Asia, the Neanderthals may even have had the upper hand. In this important volume, Dimitra Papagianni and Michael A. Morse compile the first full chronological narrative of the Neanderthals’ dramatic 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 television commercials.
About the Author
Dimitra Papagianni has taught courses on the Neanderthals at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Bath. She lives in New York State.
Michael A. Morse is the author of How the Celts Came to Britain. They both live in New York State.
'A beautifully synthesized portrait of a powerful people ... the first complete chronological narrative of the species from emergence to extinction ... a gem' - Nature
'If you thought you knew about the Neanderthals, think again. Prepare to have your prejudices shattered and your understanding of humanity challenged' - Clive Gamble, Professor of Archaeology, University of Southampton
'Excellent and absorbing' - Current World Archaeology
' Fresh, well-informed and highly recommended ... The inspired pairing of a Palaeolithic expert and a historian of science makes for compelling reading' - Paul Pettitt, Professor of Archaeology, Durham University
'A nuanced and sympathetic perspective on these fascinating people' ' - Brian Fagan, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, University of California, Santa Barbara
' [Written] with confidence and verve ... strikes an excellent balance between broad popular appeal and satisfyingly rich content' - Society for American Archaeology
'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' - Harper's