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The Neanderthals Rediscovered

How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story (Revised and Updated Edition)
Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: History, Ancient History
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Summary

In recent years, the common perception of the Neanderthals has been transformed, thanks to new discoveries and paradigm-shattering scientific innovations. It turns out that the Neanderthals' behavior was surprisingly modern: they buried the dead, cared for the sick, hunted large animals in their prime, harvested seafood, and communicated with spoken language. Meanwhile, advances in DNA technologies are compelling us to reassess the Neanderthals' place in our own past.

For hundreds of thousands of years, Neanderthals evolved in Europe parallel to Homo sapiens evolving in Africa, and, when both species made their first forays into Asia, the Neanderthals may even have had the upper hand. In this important volume, Dimitra Papagianni and Michael A. Morse compile the first full chronological narrative of the Neanderthals' dramatic existence - from their evolution in Europe to their expansion to Siberia, their subsequent extinction, and ultimately their revival in popular novels, cartoons, cult movies, and television commercials.

©2015 Dimitra Papagianni and Michael A. Morse (P)2017 Tantor

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I have read a number of books on early hominoids - this is amongst the best

Very wide coverage if the subject in an objective way. Why did Neandertal man go extinct - its of options and probably not just one pressure that triggered an extinction. Really enjoyed it.

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This is a really good read

I highly recommend this book it is just very good start to finish i can't think of anything negative to say about it , if in doubt just get it you won't be disappointed. maybe it's a bit short .

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Very interesting

Interesting and informative. It clearly dispels the urban myths and is frank about the difficulties in drawing conclusions from what little evidence exists. It seems that an update to this book in 10 years time would be even more interesting.

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  • E. K. Gronek
  • 31-01-18

Up-to-date information. Comprehensive. Love it. <br />

An anthropology major I found this up-to-date and worth listening to twice. Definitely worth keeping in my library forever.

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  • Andrew E. Yarosh
  • 21-11-17

Fascinating Subject... Soporific Reader

This is a brilliant book which compiles the history of Neanderthal research and archeology and presents the latest finds and interpretations. Some of it is a bit knotty, but well worth knowing.

Alas, the reader Nigel Patterson, is unable to muster an iota of excitement about the subject and pretty much puts you to sleep with his stupefying read.

The subject is complicated, but why make it nearly impossible to listen to the end.

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  • Sandra B Davenport
  • 15-02-19

Human evolution for the rest of us

A superb book about our ancestors and how they populated Eurasia. It's very listenable, too.

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  • TeaWithSu
  • 27-08-18

Researching my ancestry. Glad I did a DNA search.

This is a fantastic book. I really enjoyed it and found it very educational. I have more questions.

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  • Sulpicia
  • 06-04-19

Great Introduction to Neanderthals

Great introduction to Neanderthals and paleoanthropology! There are a few things slightly out of date because of the speed of discovery. However, a fun and well organized audiobook that should be accessible to all!

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  • Susan Joslyn
  • 26-10-18

Fascinating

I've been a big fan of Neanderthals and have always agreed that they are under-appreciated and under-reported. It's great to see that new discoveries are giving voice to these ancient ancestors - yes, they are my ancestors for sure, my DNA results prove it out.

This book is well-written and engaging. I do recommend it.

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  • Hein Du Plessis
  • 10-01-20

Very insightful, also covers human

Very interesting to hear the latest research and my imagination ran wild with stories and epics of those lost millenia. I learned a heck of a lot. Pity I can't find anyone to discuss with. Audio is sufficient, but a bit flatter than other books.

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  • Amazon Customer nutbutter
  • 05-09-18

excellant

sometimes it gets a bit pike a college lecture . But persevere really good book 8f you are interested in subject

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  • DAS-Tallahassee
  • 17-08-20

Very enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It moves along much faster than some other recent books about Paleolithic humans. This book does not go nearly as far down the rabbit holes of highly technical and esoteric minutia as those other books do. Yet it is highly informative and science based (as of the time it was published). I found the reader's style to initially seem a little stuffy, but that impression son faded and I ended up likeing the reader overall.

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  • Siagao
  • 03-03-20

My favorite audible

This is extremely well narrated! Not only is the subject extremely engaging but the narration is amazing! My favorite audio book to date.