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The smart Neanderthal : bird catching, cave art & the cognitive revolution

Author: Clive Finlayson
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Since the late 1980s the dominant theory of human origins has been that a 'cognitive revolution' (C.50,000 years ago) led to the advent of our species, Homo sapiens. As a result of this revolution our species spread and eventually replaced all existing archaic Homo species, ultimately leading to the superiority of modern humans. Or so we thought. As Clive Finlayson explains, the latest advances in genetics prove  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Electronic version:
Finlayson, Clive.
Smart neanderthal.
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2019
(OCoLC)1085890332
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clive Finlayson
ISBN: 0198797524 9780198797524
OCLC Number: 1089190124
Description: xi, 228 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Nana and flint --
Neanderthals and birds --
Lessons from the Arctic --
The long-tailed duck --
The white ghost --
Gibraltar --
The dynamic world of dunes --
Lakes and plains --
The great auk --
Big eyes --
Digging in the cave --
Neanderthal real estate --
Of seals and limpets --
Birds of a feather --
The golden eagle --
Ambushing the scavengers --
The big six --
How to skin a vulture --
Pigeons and choughs --
Feeding the vultures --
The hashtag and the end of the long road to Neanderthal emancipation --
Appendix 1: Bird species cited in the text --
Appendix 2: Mammal species cited in the text.
Other Titles: Bird catching, cave art & the cognitive revolution
Bird catching, cave art and the cognitive revolution
Responsibility: Clive Finlayson.

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Evidence that Neanderthals caught birds and used their feathers for decoration, along with recent discoveries of Neanderthal cave art, are challenging our preconceptions of the cognitive gap between  Read more...

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Well-written and accessible. * Antiquity * No one has done more for Neanderthal public relations than evolutionary archaeologist Clive Finlayson... I found The Smart Neandethal fascinating. * David Read more...

 
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