REVIEWS: Neandertal Nook

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Science  13 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5490, pp. 227
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5490.227d

A flurry of recent evidence fueling a debate over whether Neandertals were related to modern humans inspired Neandertals and Modern Humans: A Regional Guide. The site is run by Scott J. Brown, “an independent anthropological researcher and writer” who believes the stocky, low-browed hominids who died out about 30,000 years ago “were far more intelligent and capable than many anthropologists have suspected.” Despite his own views, Brown has attempted to evenhandedly summarize evidence from Europe and Asia—such as genetic analysis of bones, and a Neandertal child's skull that's said to have modern traits. The well- referenced site also includes links to relevant books, journals, museums, societies, and research institutions.

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