The Last Neanderthal: The Rise, Success, And Mysterious Extinction Of Our Closest Human Relatives

The Last Neanderthal The Rise Success And Mysterious Extinction Of Our Closest Human Relatives Scientists have long known that the popular image of the Neanderthal as a primitive hairy heavily browed club wielding brute is not supported by the fossil evidence But to date no such consensus h

  • Title: The Last Neanderthal: The Rise, Success, And Mysterious Extinction Of Our Closest Human Relatives
  • Author: Ian Tattersall
  • ISBN: 9780028608136
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Scientists have long known that the popular image of the Neanderthal as a primitive, hairy, heavily browed, club wielding brute is not supported by the fossil evidence But to date, no such consensus has existed on the riddle of Neanderthals disappearance The Last Neanderthal, written by one of the most respected authorities he subject and supported by a dazzling wealthScientists have long known that the popular image of the Neanderthal as a primitive, hairy, heavily browed, club wielding brute is not supported by the fossil evidence But to date, no such consensus has existed on the riddle of Neanderthals disappearance The Last Neanderthal, written by one of the most respected authorities he subject and supported by a dazzling wealth of material, paints the first full portrait of the most familiar and haunting of human relatives Drawing on the latest findings and sophisticated new techniques of analysis, Ian Tattersall marshals the best available evidence to unravel the mysteries of the Neanderthals who they were, how they lived, how they succeeded for so long Drawing on his own research and the work of others, Tattersall takes on the most fascinating question of all what happened to them This revised edition is fully updated to include information on Tattersall s recent survey of all known Neanderthal fossils and cutting edge work with Neanderthal DNA.

    One thought on “The Last Neanderthal: The Rise, Success, And Mysterious Extinction Of Our Closest Human Relatives”

    1. It’s a pretty coffee table book, with lots of gorgeous close up photos of all that remains of our departed cousins as well as reconstruction work, but the science is already outdated, since it doesn’t included any of the DNA research that has occurred in the past decade since the book was written, so I wouldn’t recommend it as the first or only book to consult to learn about Neanderthals – but definitely a great supplement to get an idea of what they looked like and where they lived.

    2. This was, um, OK. Some of the information was out of date (like the author's categorical statement that we never intermarried with the Neaderthals) and there were some VERY long detours into explaining basics, like remedial evolutionary theory, that nobody reading this book is likely to need explained. But I have to say the photos were fabulous.

    3. Suffers from that inevitable flaw of most science books - becoming a bit outdated as new research comes out. Still, good to look at and a good introduction, and informative enough if you're keeping up with what's new in general with Neanderthal research.

    4. A good read. A bit too technical at times, but very interesting. The illustrations and photographs were great.

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