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The humans who went extinct : why Neanderthals died out and we survived

Author: Clive Finlayson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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"We have all heard the account of how our clever ancestors spread From Africa and ousted the primitive Neanderthals, driving them to extinction. But was that really how it happened? 'History is typically the story of victors over vanquished and prehistory is no different', says Clive Finlayson. He presents an altogether more humbling view: there is nothing to suggest that our ancestors were inherently smarter than  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clive Finlayson
ISBN: 9780199239184 0199239185 9780199239191 0199239193
OCLC Number: 335695009
Description: xi, 273 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue : when climate changed the course of history --
The road to extinction is paved with good intentions --
Once we were not alone --
Failed experiments --
Stick to what you know best --
Being in the right place at the right time --
If only ... --
Africa in Europe : a Mediterranean serengeti --
One small step for man ... --
Forever opportunists --
The pawn turned player --
Epilogue : children of chance.
Responsibility: Clive Finlayson.

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Neanderthals - no less than another kind of human - almost made it, finally dying out just 28,000 years ago. What caused us to survive while they went extinct? Ecology holds the clues, argues Clive  Read more...

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Lively, revelatory, and salutary book. * The Independent * A refreshing new perspective on this old debate....should be essential reading for everyone interested in human origins. * Fortean Times, Read more...

 
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