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Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art
Wragg Sykes, Rebecca

Language: English | Category: History & Biography | Audio Book: Not Available

** WINNER OF THE PEN HESSELL-TILTMAN PRIZE 2021 **

‘Beautiful, evocative, authoritative.’ Professor Brian Cox

‘Important reading not just for anyone interested in these ancient cousins of ours, but also for anyone interested in humanity.’ Yuval Noah Harari

Kindred is the definitive guide to the Neanderthals. Since their discovery more than 160 years ago, Neanderthals have metamorphosed from the losers of the human family tree to A-list hominins. Rebecca Wragg Sykes uses her experience at the cutting-edge of Palaeolithic research to share our new understanding of Neanderthals, shoving aside clichés of rag-clad brutes in an icy wasteland. She reveals them to be curious, clever connoisseurs of their world, technologically inventive and ecologically adaptable. Above all, they were successful survivors for more than 300,000 years, during times of massive climatic upheaval.

Much of what defines us was also in Neanderthals, and their DNA is still inside us. Planning, co-operation, altruism, craftsmanship, aesthetic sense, imagination, perhaps even a desire for transcendence beyond mortality. Kindred does for Neanderthals what Sapiens did for us, revealing a deeper, more nuanced story where humanity itself is our ancient, shared inheritance.

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Wragg Sykes, Rebecca - Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art - Language: English, History & Biography - Format: ePub
** WINNER OF THE PEN HESSELL-TILTMAN PRIZE 2021 ** 'Beautiful, evocative, authoritative.' Professor Brian Cox 'Important reading not just for anyone interested in these ancient cousins of ours, but also for anyone interested in (More) humanity.' Yuval Noah Harari Kindred is the definitive guide to the Neanderthals. Since their discovery more than 160 years ago, Neanderthals have metamorphosed from the losers of the human family tree to A-list hominins. Rebecca Wragg Sykes uses her experience at the cutting-edge of Palaeolithic research to share our new understanding of Neanderthals, shoving aside clichés of rag-clad brutes in an icy wasteland. She reveals them to be curious, clever connoisseurs of their world, technologically inventive and ecologically adaptable. Above all, they were successful survivors for more than 300,000 years, during times of massive climatic upheaval. Much of what defines us was also in Neanderthals, and their DNA is still inside us. Planning, co-operation, altruism, craftsmanship, aesthetic sense, imagination, perhaps even a desire for transcendence beyond mortality. Kindred does for Neanderthals what Sapiens did for us, revealing a deeper, more nuanced story where humanity itself is our ancient, shared inheritance.
Wragg Sykes, Rebecca - Neandertales. La vida, el amor, la muerte y el arte de nuestros primos lejanos - Language: Spanish, History & Biography - Format: ePub
«Un libro imprescindible no solo para los interesados en nuestros primos lejanos, sino para cualquiera interesado en la humanidad.» Yuval Noah Harari, autor de Sapiens Desde su descubrimiento hace más de 160 años, los neandertales (More) han pasado de ser vistos como los perdedores del árbol genealógico humano a ser considerados homínidos de primera categoría. En Neandertales, Rebecca Wragg Sykes utiliza su experiencia en las investigaciones punteras sobre el Paleolítico para compartir nuevos conocimientos acerca de nuestros primos lejanos, derribando los tópicos que los representaban como brutos harapientos por páramos helados. Aquí los neandertales se nos revelan como humanos curiosos e inteligentes, conocedores de su mundo, con creatividad tecnológica y capacidad de adaptación al medio. Se extendieron por vastos territorios de tundra y estepa, pero también merodearon por los bosques y atravesaron el Mediterráneo. Y, por encima de todo, lograron sobrevivir más de 300 000 años, pasando por épocas de colosales perturbaciones climáticas. En una época en que nuestra especie no se enfrenta a grandes amenazas, estamos obsesionados por lo que nos hace especiales. Pero una gran parte de lo que nos define estaba también en los neandertales, y su ADN se encuentra aún dentro de nosotros. La organización, la cooperación, el altruismo, la pericia artesanal, el sentido estético… quizá incluso el deseo de trascendencia más allá de la muerte. Solo comprendiendo a los neandertales podremos conocernos de verdad a nosotros mismos.
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