The Neandertals: Of Skeletons, Scientists, and Scandal

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9780679732990: The Neandertals: Of Skeletons, Scientists, and Scandal

To one nineteenth-century scholar, their fierce, ridged brows were evidence of a "moral darkness" that set them irrevocably apart from human beings. Some commentators accused them of cannibalism. Yet by the 1970s the Neandertals were being hailed as "the first flower people" and praised for their apparent compassion and religious piety.

The story of how scientists could come to such divergent conclusions about a set of bones unearthed in Germany in 1856 unfolds with irresistible detail in this enthralling book. Even as The Neandertals assesses the identity, kinship, and character of our possible ancestors, it casts a wry eye on the modern Homo sapiens who have embraced or disavowed them and illuminates the peculiar way in which even science is shaped by human needs and biases.

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As a fierce debate rages around the question of whether Neanderthals are the ancestors of modern people, Erik Trinkaus and Pat Shipman begin their book by taking us back to 1856, when the first known remains of a Neanderthal were found in Germany. The authors provide a fascinating history of the science surrounding these mysterious people and the legends that have grown up around them. The Neandertals (most scientists have dropped the H from the name, but popular culture has not yet followed suit) is rich with stories and characters. It reveals much of what we know about the prehistoric past (the last Neanderthal probably died 25,000 years ago), as well as how contemporary biases influence the way we interpret this history.

From the Back Cover:

"A remarkable account of humankind, both ancient and modern, told with clarity, precision, and the narrative pull of a good novel." -- Jean Auel, Washington Post Book World

"Sketching in the lives of hundred of scientists and their discoveries, conclusions, blunders, and foibles...The Neandertals could stand as a textbook for a course in the history of science...Gripping." -- The New York Times Book Review

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