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Kindred : Neanderthal life, love, death and art

By: Wragg Sykes, Rebecca

1472937473 / 9781472937476
Published 19/08/2021
United Kingdom
20 cm 400 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white)
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Reprint. Originally published: 2020.

'Beautiful, evocative, authoritative.' Professor Brian Cox'Important reading not just for anyone interested in these ancient cousins of ours, but also for anyone interested in humanity.' Yuval Noah HarariKindred is the definitive guide to the Neanderthals.

Since their discovery more than 160 years ago, Neanderthals have metamorphosed from the losers of the human family tree to A-list hominins.Rebecca Wragg Sykes uses her experience at the cutting-edge of Palaeolithic research to share our new understanding of Neanderthals, shoving aside cliches of rag-clad brutes in an icy wasteland.

She reveals them to be curious, clever connoisseurs of their world, technologically inventive and ecologically adaptable.

Above all, they were successful survivors for more than 300,000 years, during times of massive climatic upheaval. Much of what defines us was also in Neanderthals, and their DNA is still inside us.

Planning, co-operation, altruism, craftsmanship, aesthetic sense, imagination, perhaps even a desire for transcendence beyond mortality.

Kindred does for Neanderthals what Sapiens did for us, revealing a deeper, more nuanced story where humanity itself is our ancient, shared inheritance.


3B Prehistory, HD Archaeology, HDDA Prehistoric archaeology, PDZ Popular science

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