Friedemann Schrenk and Stephanie Müller
The Neanderthal is among the most mysterious relatives of Homo sapiens: Was he a dull, club-swinging muscleman, or a being with developed social behavior 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. One hundred thousand years ago in ice-age Europe, there emerged people who managed to cope well with the difficult climate—Neanderthals. They formed an organized society, hunted mammoths, and could make fire. They were able to pass on knowledge, caring for the old and the disabled, 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.
Friedemann Schrenk is Professor of Vertebrate Palaeobiology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, and Head of the Palaeoanthropological Department at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt.
Stephanie Müller is a science writer and editor in the Section of Public Understanding at the Senckenberg Research Institute.
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