The Humans Who Went Extinct

The Humans Who Went Extinct

Why Neanderthals Died Out and We Survived

Book - 2009
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Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9780199239184
0199239185
Branch Call Number: 303.4 FINLAYS
Characteristics: xi, 273 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.

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srmechs Dec 11, 2014

A comprehensive look at the interrelationships of environment, evolution and the survival of our species. It includes but does not focus upon the Neanderthals. I found it absorbing and informative very well written.

Unlike the flyleaf recommendations, I did find this book a bit of a slog to read. It is very scientific but fascinating reading and I will, in future, hear news of new archeological finds of evindence of human evolution with different mind set. The hypothesis is that we evolved from several branches of proto-humans and that several other branches went extinct because they were in the wrong environment when the earth's ecology began to change. Most important question, when the earth's weather and ecology change again, will our species be able to survive. Do we have enough survival skills to live in a harsh environment after a global catastrophy which could wipe out 99% of the human race?

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