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Published: 20 February 2019

240 Pages | 13 black and white images and 4 pp colour plate section


ISBN: 9780198797524

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The Smart Neanderthal

Bird catching, Cave Art, and the Cognitive Revolution

Clive Finlayson

  • Overturns current thinking about Neanderthals and the 'cognitive revolution' using new evidence of their intellectual abilities
  • A personal account of the author's and his colleagues' work in Gibraltar and their discovery of new evidence about Neanderthals' relationships with birds
  • Captures the excitement and challenges of working in the field
  • Argues that aspects of Neanderthal behaviour indicate that they were not cognitively inferior to Modern Humans but had their own rituals and art forms