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The Last Neanderthal: The Rise, Success, And Mysterious Extinction Of Our Closest Human Relatives
by Ian Tattersall (Goodreads Author)
Scientists have long known that the popular image of the Neanderthal as a primitive, hairy, heavily browed, club-wielding brute is not supported by the fossil evidence. But to date, no such consensus has existed on the riddle of Neanderthals' disappearance. The Last Neanderthal, written by one of the most respected authorities he subject and supported by a dazzling wealth ...more
Published January 1st 1995 by MacMillan Publishing Company
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It’s a pretty coffee table book, with lots of gorgeous close up photos of all that remains of our departed cousins as well as reconstruction work, but the science is already outdated, since it doesn’t included any of the DNA research that has occurred in the past decade since the book was written, so I wouldn’t recommend it as the first or only book to consult to learn about Neanderthals – but definitely a great supplement to get an idea of what they looked like and where they lived.
Suffers from that inevitable flaw of most science books - becoming a bit outdated as new research comes out. Still, good to look at and a good introduction, and informative enough if you're keeping up with what's new in general with Neanderthal research.