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Author Finlayson, Clive, 1955- author.

Title The smart Neanderthal : bird catching, cave art & the cognitive revolution / Clive Finlayson.

Publication Info. Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  569.986 FINLAYSON    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xi, 228 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-221) and index.
Contents Nana and flint -- Neanderthals and birds -- Lessons from the Arctic -- The long-tailed duck -- The white ghost -- Gibraltar -- The dynamic world of dunes -- Lakes and plains -- The great auk -- Big eyes -- Digging in the cave --Neanderthal real estate -- Of seals and limpets -- Birds of a feather -- The golden eagle -- Ambushing the scavengers -- The big six -- How to skin a vulture -- Pigeons and choughs -- Feeding the vultures -- The hashtag and the end of the long road to Neanderthal emancipation -- Appendix 1: Bird species cited in the text -- Appendix 2: Mammal species cited in the text.
Summary Since the late 1980s the dominant theory of human origins has been that a 'cognitive revolution' (C.50,000 years ago) led to the advent of our species, Homo sapiens. As a result of this revolution our species spread and eventually replaced all existing archaic Homo species, ultimately leading to the superiority of modern humans.Or so we thought.As Clive Finlayson explains, the latest advances in genetics prove that there was significant interbreeding between Modern Humans and the Neanderthals. All non-Africans today carry some Neanderthal genes. We have also discovered aspects of Neanderthal behaviour that indicate that they were not cognitively inferior to modern humans, as we once thought, and in fact had their own rituals and art. Finlayson, who is at the forefront of this research, recounts the discoveries of his team, providing evidence that Neanderthals caught birds of prey, and used their feathers for symbolic purposes. There is also evidence that Neanderthals practised other forms of art, as the recently discovered engravings in Gorham's Cave Gibraltar indicate.Linking all the recent evidence, The Smart Neanderthal casts a new light on the Neanderthals and the "Cognitive Revolution". Finlayson argues that there was no revolution and, instead, modern behaviour arose gradually and independently among different populations of Modern Humans and Neanderthals. Some practices were even adopted by Modern Humans from the Neanderthals. Finlayson overturns classic narratives of human origins, and raises important questions about who we really are.
Subject Neanderthals.
Bird remains (Archaeology)
Birds -- Social aspects -- History.
Cognition and culture.
Behavior evolution.
Human evolution.
Neanderthals. (OCoLC)fst01035285
Other Form: Electronic version: Finlayson, Clive. Smart neanderthal. First edition. Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2019 9780192518118 (OCoLC)1085890332
ISBN 0198797524 (hardback)
9780198797524 (hardback)
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