Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art (Hardback)
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Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 20/08/2020
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Turning the popular opinion of Neanderthals as knuckle-dragging, boorish louts on its head and using short fictional sections to introduce comprehensively researched chapters giving readers a picture of life from a Neanderthal's point of view, archaeologist Rebecca Wragg Sykes sheds new light on our ancestry and the evolution of human life.

Kindred is the definitive guide to the Neanderthals. Since their discovery more than 160 years ago, Neanderthals have metamorphosed from the losers of the human family tree to A-list hominins.

Rebecca Wragg Sykes uses her experience at the cutting-edge of Palaeolithic research to share our new understanding of Neanderthals, shoving aside cliches of rag-clad brutes in an icy wasteland. She reveals them to be curious, clever connoisseurs of their world, technologically inventive and ecologically adaptable. Above all, they were successful survivors for more than 300,000 years, during times of massive climatic upheaval.

Much of what defines us was also in Neanderthals, and their DNA is still inside us. Planning, co-operation, altruism, craftsmanship, aesthetic sense, imagination, perhaps even a desire for transcendence beyond mortality. Kindred does for Neanderthals what Sapiens did for us, revealing a deeper, more nuanced story where humanity itself is our ancient, shared inheritance.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472937490
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 666 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


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'Important reading not just for anyone interested in these ancient cousins of ours, but also for anyone interested in humanity.' - Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens

'Beautiful, evocative, authoritative. Kindred is a beautifully written exploration of our fast-developing understanding of Neanderthals and their culture and a compelling insight into how modern science is revealing the secrets of an extinct species who, for 350 thousand years before Homo Sapiens became dominant, inhabited a world "as wide and rich as the Roman Empire.' - Professor Brian Cox

'Rebecca Wragg-Sykes's fact-packed but highly readable book puts us right with a superbly authoritative guided tour of much new evidence. It's tempting to say, "If you read only one book about the Neanderthals, read this one" - except that if the next 20 years provide as many revelations about our ancestors as the past 20 have done, she will need to produce just as weighty a second volume.' - Richard Morrison, The Times

'Blending cutting-edge science with lyrical storytelling, Rebecca Wragg Sykes paints a detailed portrait of our enigmatic relatives.' - Professor Alice Roberts

'Written with such pleasing, elegant prose, Kindred is a captivating ode to the subtle complexities of palaeoanthropology - the thrill of discovery, the frustrating gaps in the evidence, the tantalising question marks hovering above our favourite ideas. Dr Rebecca Wragg Sykes balances admirable scientific caution with her joyous enthusiasm, and the result is a generous, enthralling history of how we first came to know our ancient cousins, and how we're still getting to know them today.' - Greg Jenner

'Kindred is a thrillingly full account of what we currently know about the Neanderthals... Wragg Sykes' project is to write about Neanderthals as an end in themselves, not as a failed version of humanity.' - London Review of Books

'Rebecca Wragg Sykes's book paints a vivid portrait of our adaptable ancient relatives ... immersive.' - Nature

'Kindred is a tour de force. A rich and beautiful synthesis of all that is known about Neanderthal biology and culture, it should be required reading for anyone interested in the history of humanity.' - Dr Tori Herridge

'The knowledge condensed here is certainly impressive ... Rebecca Wragg Sykes has studied their landscapes, territories and tools and emerges as an expert and enthusiastic character witness for Neanderthals and their way of life. Neanderthals probably didn't have PR, but they do now.' - Guardian

'Wragg Sykes paints a fascinating picture of a field transformed almost beyond recognition over the past 30 years.' - Simon Ings, New Scientist

'Current, compelling, well researched, beautifully written and poetical, Kindred is like no other book you've read on Neanderthals.' - Professor Lee. R. Berger, University of Witwatersrand

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“Neanderthals brought alive!”

Superb book. Beautifully realised and written at a level that reaches diverse folk. The author loves her Neanderthals and the sense of wonder and joy at how much modern science has revealed about their lifestyles and... More

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“academic but exquisite”

A truly beautiful, indeed elegaic account of a people who were in a real sense our ancestors. I was not expecting such lovely prose, and the introductory pieces to each chapter are truly poetic, The Neanderthals... More

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“Lyrical, Engaging and Astounding”

I love this book from the narrative imagined stories ( based on facts) at the start of each chapter to the wonderful illustrations and the brilliant explanations of the truly amazing science that is opening the door... More

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