Clive Finlayson, 2004, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 255 p. (Hardcover, US $85.00) ISBN: 0-521-82087-1.

Ever since the first recognition, back in the pre-evolutionary days of 1856, that Neanderthal Man was a real phenomenon to be contended with and somehow to be explained, paleoanthropologists have enjoyed—if that is the right word—a thoroughly equivocal relationship with this extinct but big-brained human relative. Clearly so close to our own species Homo sapiens, but equally obviously so different, Homo neanderthalensis hovers right at the brink of what we usually think of as humanity. Ought we to see the Neanderthals as no more than...

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