Books et al.Paleoanthropology

The vibrant lives of Neanderthals

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Science  30 Oct 2020:
Vol. 370, Issue 6516, pp. 537
DOI: 10.1126/science.abe5143

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Over the past several decades, many academic and popular writers have attempted to narrow the long-entrenched gulf between humans and Neanderthals, focusing, for example, on the misinterpretations and racist presumptions of the 19th and early 20th centuries out of which the dim view of our evolutionary cousin arose, or on more recent paleoanthropological, archaeological, and genetic evidence suggesting that they interbred with our ancestors and displayed a range of sophisticated behaviors. In her new book, Kindred, Rebecca Wragg Sykes nevertheless brings something new to this discussion.

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