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2nd September 2015


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The Neanderthals Rediscovered

Author Dimitra Papagianni & Michael A. Morse


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Staff Pick
They may be long dead but the Neanderthals were, for a long time, the most successful of the human species, surviving where their cousins (including us) did not.  Charting what we know of their rise and fall, this is a readily accessible history of a world we very nearly did not inherit and a welcome reminder that is was not – and should never – always be about ‘us’.

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, 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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