The Neanderthal Legacy: An Archaeological Perspective from Western Europe

The Neanderthals populated western Europe from approximately 250,000 to 30,000 years in the past once they disappeared from the archaeological checklist. In flip, populations of anatomically glossy people, Homo sapiens, got here to dominate the world. trying to comprehend the character of this alternative, which has turn into a hotly debated factor, Paul Mellars brings jointly an unheard of quantity of knowledge at the habit of Neanderthals. His accomplished assessment levels from the facts of device manufacture and comparable styles of lithic know-how, throughout the problems with subsistence and cost styles, to the extra debatable facts for social association, cognition, and intelligence. Mellars argues that past makes an attempt to symbolize Neanderthal habit as both "modern" or "ape-like" are either overstatements. we will greater understand the substitute of Neanderthals, he continues, by way of targeting the social and demographic constitution of Neanderthal populations and on their particular variations to the tough ecological stipulations of the final glaciation.

Mellars's method of those matters is grounded firmly in his archaeological proof. He illustrates the consequences of those findings via drawing from the equipment of comparative socioecology, primate reports, and Pleistocene paleoecology. The ebook presents an in depth evaluate of the climatic and environmental heritage to Neanderthal profession in Europe, and of the at present topical problems with the behavioral and organic transition from Neanderthal to completely "modern" populations.

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