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Titel: The Neandertals - Changing The Image Of ...
Verlag: New York, Alfred A. Knopf
16.5 cm x 24cm. XXII, 454 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent, close to new condition. The Neandertals is an important contribution both to the literature of prehistory and to our understanding of the way subjective wishes and irrelevant moral assumptions can distort even the most serious scientific endeavors.Erik Trinkaus, one of the world's leading experts on Neandertals has collaborated with the noted scientist and writer Pat Shipman on a sweeping and definitive examination of what we know and how we've come to know it. Includes the following chapters:Not My Ancestor:1856-1865, L'Affaire Moulin Quignon:1865-1885, Shuffling into the Light:1886-1905, The Proper Study of Mankind:1906-1918, An Okapi of Humanity:1918 - 1939, Global Thinking for Global Times:1940-1954, Race and Unreason:1955-1970, Welcome to Hard Times:1971-1983, Created in Our Own Image: 1984-1991. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 71238AB
Inhaltsangabe: To one nineteenth-century scholar, their fierce, ridged brows were evidence of a "moral darkness" that set them irrevocably apart from human beings. Some commentators accused them of cannibalism. Yet by the 1970s the Neandertals were being hailed as "the first flower people" and praised for their apparent compassion and religious piety.
The story of how scientists could come to such divergent conclusions about a set of bones unearthed in Germany in 1856 unfolds with irresistible detail in this enthralling book. Even as The Neandertals assesses the identity, kinship, and character of our possible ancestors, it casts a wry eye on the modern Homo sapiens who have embraced or disavowed them and illuminates the peculiar way in which even science is shaped by human needs and biases.
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