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Title: Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art
Author: WRAGG SYKES REBECCA
Publication date: 01/12/2020
Publishing status: Active
Our perception of the Neanderthals has undergone a metamorphosis since their discovery 150 years ago, from the losers of the human family tree to A-list hominins. Spanning scientific curiosity and popular cultural fascination means that there is a wealth of coverage in the media and beyond o but do we get the whole story? Despite enormous advances in the scientific study of this fascinating human ancestor, barely anything beyond their ice-age extinction escapes the scientific journals to make it into the mainstream media. The reality of 21st century Neanderthals is complex and fascinating, yet remains virtually unknown and inaccessible outside the scientific literature.
In Beyond the Ice, Neanderthal expert Becky Wragg Sykes shoves aside the clich of the shivering ragged figure in an icy wasteland, and reveals the Neanderthal you don’t know, who lived across vast and diverse tracts of Eurasia and survived through hundreds of thousands of years of massive climate change. Using a thematic rather than chronological approach, this book will shed new light on where they lived, what they ate, and the increasingly complex Neanderthal culture that is being discovered. The reader will journey through the surprisingly exotic and immensely varied worlds of the Neanderthals, from coasts to mountains to deserts as well as the great European forests we might recognise today, while the endless wind-swept tundras of the ice ages are explored with a fresh eye.
Based on the author’s first-hand experience at the cutting-edge of Palaeolithic research and theory, this easy-to-read but information-rich book lays out the full picture we now have of the Neanderthals for the first time, from amazing new discoveries changing our view of them forever, to the more enduring mysteries of how they lived and died, and the biggest question perhaps of them all, their relationship with modern humans.