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by Stephanie Muller,Friedemann Shrenk

  • ISBN: 0415425190
  • Author: Stephanie Muller,Friedemann Shrenk
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  • Rating: 4.1 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 128
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 3, 2008)
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Half a million years ago in Ice Age Europe, there emerged people who managed to cope well with the difficult climate – Neanderthal Man. They formed an organized society, hunted Mammoths, and could make fire. Series: Peoples of the ancient world.

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The Neanderthals book. Published December 2008 by Routledge. Half a million years ago in Ice Age Europe, there emerged people who managed to cope well with the difficult climate - Neanderthal Man.

by Friedemann Shrenk. Published 2008 by Routledge in Park, Abingdon, Oxon, New York Peoples of the ancient world.

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The Neanderthals Peoples of the Ancient World. Stephanie Muller, Friedemann Shrenk.

This richly illustrated book, written for general audiences, provides a competent look at the history, living conditions, and culture of the Neanderthal. The Neanderthals Peoples of the Ancient World. Издание: иллюстрированное.

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But these people likely lived in Brighton, too, based on archaeological findings. This Neanderthal woman was found in Gibraltar. The Neanderthals are the closest extinct human relative. The Neanderthals are the closest extinct human relative

Book · January 2008 with 4 Reads. The conclusions underline the excellent adaptability of the Neanderthals to their physical environment.

Book · January 2008 with 4 Reads. How we measure 'reads'. But identical bones are used by several peoples as human effigies - most commonly of women and babies. Distal limb bones with incised or sculpted heads, eyes, arms and vulvas prove that such bones were also interpreted anthropomorphically by Eurasian cultures in the past.

The Neanderthal is among the most mysterious relatives of Homo sapiens: Was he a dull, club-swinging muscleman, or a being with developed social behaviour and the ability to speak, to plan precisely, and even to develop views on the afterlife?

For many, the Neanderthals are an example of primitive humans, but new discoveries suggest that this image needs to be revised. Half a million years ago in Ice Age Europe, there emerged people who managed to cope well with the difficult climate – Neanderthal Man. They formed an organized society, hunted Mammoths, and could make fire. They were able to pass on knowledge; they cared for the old and the handicapped, burying their dead, and placing gifts on their graves. Yet, they became extinct, despite their cultural abilities.

This richly illustrated book, written for general audiences, provides a competent look at the history, living conditions, and culture of the Neanderthal.

Comments (3)

shustrik
This book is basically a monograph, a rehash of known information. As such, it could have been better. Although many of the pictures of skulls and bones are quite good the text frequently left me wondering whether the authors were writing about H. erectus, H. heidelburgensis, ante-Neanderthals, ante0H. sapiens, H. Neanderthalensis or H. sapiens.

Granted, especially when looking at artefacts not directly associated with human remains definitely identifiable as one human species or another, things can get confusing. Is a stone point H. erectus or Neanderthal? Is a supposedly drilled wolf tooth Neanderthal or Cro Magnon? Frequently the authors leave us in doubt, giving the impression that perhaps Neanderthals were more sophisticated than they really were. A case in point is when they describe an Eastern European grave from 27,000 years ago in which the interred individual is associated with an incredible number of decorative pearls. The authors--to me, at least--first give the impression that this might be Neanderthal but then, because the burial occurred at a time when Neanderthals were probably extinct, suggest it was H. sapiens [which it was]. Imprecise and unnecessary.

We see something similar when the Schoningen spears are discussed. There is a nice drawing showing a stone spear tip carefully hafted on a wooden spear. I was left with the impression that the spears were [perhaps] Neanderthal. On the other hand, I'd read something about these spears. They were dated at 400,000 years old and there were no attached stone spear points. I think the pointed ends were fire hardened. The sharpened ends showed some working scars, quite possibly from bone tools. So the authors, probably not deliberately, mislead the reader. The spears are probably too early for Neanderthals and they have no stone spear points.

I was also dissatisfied with the authors' statements about Neanderthal burials. It seems that the authors believe that the finding of a Neanderthal skeleton [or partial skeletons] is proof positive of burial because unbured bodies are completely destroyed by scavengers and the elements. Certainly buried bodies have a better chance of preservation--but--the vast majority of non-human fossils and many human fossils weren't deliberately buried. Nature sometimes buries bodies and bones. Certainly Neanderthals may have buried some or perhaps even most of their dead but I don't think the authors present good evidence for this.

As far as explanations for Neanderthal interaction with H. sapiens and subsequent Neanderthal extinction, I think this book is average. Sapiens and Neanderthalensis may have interacted for 5,000 years or more and Neanderthal extinction may have had nothing to do with this interaction. At roughly the time of Neanderthal extinction a number of Pleistocene mammals went extinct and the extinction of these mammals was probably unrelated to the presence of sapiens. A small shift in fertility or a small increase in mortality may lead to extinction.

Still it is probably no accident that we--sapiens--are the 'last man standing.' All other human species are extinct, some perhaps by sapiens agency. We know little about the behavior of other human species but we know a great deal about sapiens behavior. In a hunter-gatherer state we are ordinarily territorial and resentful of intrusion. Very likely this was true 30,000 and 50,000 years ago. In that Neanderthal and Sapiens shared a common ancestor 500,000 years ago, it is likely that both species inherited territorial aggression from H. erectus.

This being the case, it is probable that small bands of Pleistocene hunters would have been intolerant of one another, an intolerance that would have been magnified by physical and behavioral dissimilarities. Sapiens must have 'infiltrated' the Middle East, Asia and Europe as small, opportunistic tribal units. There was no invasive juggernaut. Five thousand years is a very long time and it is conceivable that there was a time when the survival of one group vs another might have hung in the balance. Neanderthals gradually, gradually disappeared from their old ranges.

This is probably why we are Sapiens debating Neanderthal disappearance and not Neanderthals debating Sapiens disappearance.
mIni-Like
I was happily surprised to find such a comprehensive and informative well of information on all things Neanderthal in such a brief book. I have been trying to get an overview of the Neanderthals and have been frustrated by not being able to do so. Much information is outdated and journal articles and related scientific writings only focus on small slivers of the topic so I never get a complete picture. Finally I found a source, in this book, that covers all the bases and more so. Another reviewer outlines the included information. Anyone interested in this topic will be more than satisfied with this book.
Yadon
I am a non-academic simply looking for a better understanding of Neanderthals to augment what you might see on the Discovery or National Geographic channel. This book suited my purposes very well. The book was facinating as well as easily readable and straight forward. I learned quite a bit and we had some family discussions over the content. Additionally, it is well translated from the original German.

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