The Neanderthal's Necklace

The Neanderthal's Necklace

In Search of the First Thinkers

Book - 2002
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Neanderthals are at the center of this compelling narrative by Europe's leading anthropologist, not because they were our ancestors but because they were not. Members of a parallel humanity that evolved in Europe for hundreds of thousands of years, they were in direct competition with Cro-Magnons -- modern humans. The way Neanderthals lived and the reasons why they disappeared 50,000 years ago offer a surprising mirror in which we can examine and learn more about ourselves. Illustrated, concise and readable, this is a fascinating exploration of human origins. "Lively, personal, refreshing, and instructive, this book should be read by anyone interested in their own origins and our extinct relatives." -- Ian Tattersall, author of The Fossil Trail, The Last Neanderthal, and Becoming Human
Publisher: New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, c2002.
ISBN: 9781568581873
Branch Call Number: 599.938 ARSUAGA
Characteristics: xv, 334 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Klatt, Andy


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Oct 22, 2014

An excellent book with a Spanish perspective on ancient man. I do have some problems with the translation. Translation is an art, not a science. I wish the translator had read some biology books in English before attempting this, and there were a couple of problems as well making me wish the translator had read some books on Early Man in English before starting.
To start with, while "Water Rat" is probably an exact translation of the Spanish, the English word is "Muskrat" and the Spanish word for a people called "Vascones" is not the English word Vascon but Basque. Then there was the problematical translation of the word for "Flint" which in the book is called "Silex." I know already that that word is French for Flint, and not an English word at all. Other than that the book is a very good read, with an interesting philosophical perspective on the development of our minds.


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