How to Think Like a Neandertal by Thomas Wynn and Frederick L. Coolidge digs deep into the past to look at one of our closest ancestors, Homo neanderthalensis. Neandertals died out in Europe about 30,000 years ago. There has been speculation in the news and confirmed with DNA evidence that some modern populations have some neandertal genes. This book looks at the biological evidence for neandertals, some actually had the gene for red hair.
Additionally, the book looks to reconstruct what life might have been like for the neandertals in Europe during the last ice age and during the time when modern humans were moving into their territory. The book looks at the possibility that neandertals had the gene for speech. Additionally, they discuss if a neandertal was living today, just how different they would look from us, if we saw them out in 21st century clothes.
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