Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art

Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art

"Kindred is important reading not just for anyone interested in these ancient cousins of ours, but also for anyone interested in humanity."--The New York Times Book Review

"[A] bold and magnificent attempt to resurrect our Neanderthal kin."--The Wall Street Journal

In Kindred, Neanderthal expert Rebecca Wragg Sykes shoves aside the cliché of the shivering ragged figure in an icy wasteland, and reveals the Neanderthal you don’t know, our ancestor who lived across vast and diverse tracts of Eurasia and survived through hundreds of thousands of years of massive climate change. This book sheds new light on where they lived, what they ate, and the increasingly complex Neanderthal culture that researchers have discovered.

Since their discovery 150 years ago, Neanderthals have gone from the losers of the human family tree to A-list hominins. Our perception of the Neanderthal has changed dramatically, but despite growing scientific curiosity, popular culture fascination, and a wealth of coverage in the media and beyond are we getting the whole story? The reality of 21st century Neanderthals is complex and fascinating, yet remains virtually unknown and inaccessible outside the scientific literature.

Based on the author’s first-hand experience at the cutting-edge of Palaeolithic research and theory, this easy-to-read but information-rich book lays out the first full picture we have of the Neanderthals, from amazing new discoveries changing our view of them forever, to the more enduring mysteries of how they lived and died, and the biggest question of them all: their relationship with modern humans.

Title:Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781472937490
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    Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art Reviews

  • Clif Hostetler

    This book presents a thorough description of the current knowledge that has been developed about Neanderthals. Any reader who begins this book with the smug impression that it's about an inferior bran...

  • Krista

    Look through shadows, listen beyond echoes; they have much to tell. Not only of other ways to be human, but new eyes to see ourselves. The most glorious thing about the Neanderthals is that they be...

  • Inderjit Sanghera

    Sykes combined elegiacal prose with ecstatic reverence, as she explores, unearths and allows us to discover everything about Neanderthals, from their social structures, to their toolmaking capabilitie...

  • Bevan

    Dr. Sykes has written an enthralling book about our distant cousins, who it turns out were more like us than we might think. Firstly, Rebecca Wragg Sykes writes like an angel. Each chapter has a short...

  • Steve

    Interesting but far too detailed I found the book disappointing. Although the writing is conversational and in plain English, I felt that the information on archeological sites was too detailed and to...

  • Ula

    An impressive work, collecting the most up-to-date facts about our most famous fellow hominid. The span of this book is enormous, covering every possible aspect of the Neanderthal's lifestyle. Describ...

  • Robert Ham

    The book does an excellent job of discussing the cutting edge science being used in examining fossil remains, and analyzing the evidence, which includes both new finds and very old ones that are being...

  • Chris

    This was an absolutely fascinating overview of the current state of Neanderthal scholarship, presenting an altogether human view of these vanished cousins of ours....

  • charles wilkinson

    Rebecca Sykes brings these ancient people to life in a way that made me empathize deeply with their difficult struggle for existence. With each page, there is also a shadow, unwritten paragraph, that ...

  • Paleoanthro

    An intriguing discussion of everything about Neanderthals. Thoroughly researched, the author introduces us to more then "bones and stones," but a strong and elegant analysis of Neanderthals from their...