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The Neandertals - Changing The Image Of Humankind.

Trinkaus, Erik & Shipman, Pat.

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ISBN 10: 0394589009 / ISBN 13: 9780394589008
Verlag: New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1993., 1993
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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

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Titel: The Neandertals - Changing The Image Of ...

Verlag: New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.

Erscheinungsdatum: 1993

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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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Trinkaus, a leading Neandertal scholar from the University of New Mexico, has teamed with Shipman (medicine, Johns Hopkins) to produce a fascinating account of the discovery and interpretation of Neandertal fossils from the first find in 1856 to the present. By focusing on the men and women involved in the ongoing effort to understand how Neandertals lived, the authors show that personalities and prevailing social attitudes played as large a role as the fossils themselves in our coming to terms with these enigmatic ancestors. As the authors eloquently put it, "Infuriatingly, the fossils do not speak for themselves. It is the examining scientists who bring them to life, often endowing them with their own best or worst characteristics." In bringing this book to life, Trinkaus and Shipman have endowed it with healthy doses of humanity and wisdom. Essential for all history of science and human prehistory collections.
- Eric Hinsdale, Trinity Univ. Lib., San Antonio
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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