Updating Neanderthals: Understanding Behavioural Complexity in the Late Middle Palaeolithic

Editat de Francesca Romagnoli, Florent Rivals, Stefano Benazzi
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Updating Neanderthals: Understanding Behavioral Complexity in the Late Middle Paleolithic provides comprehensive knowledge on Neanderthals who lived throughout the European and Asian continents. The book synthesizes historical information about the study of Middle Paleolithic populations and presents current debates about their genetics, subsistence, technology, social and cognitive behaviors. It focuses on the last phase of Neanderthal settlements and presents the main patterns of modern humans across Europe. Written by international experts on the Middle Paleolithic who have conducted innovative studies in the last three decades, this book explores the implications of interactions between different human species, including Neanderthals, Denisovans and Sapiens.
In addition, the book discusses the diversity and variability of human adaptations and behaviors in the changing climate and environment of the Late Pleistocene, and the relationship between these behaviors, demography and cognitive capabilities.

  • Offers a comprehensive update on the variability and diversity of Neanderthal behaviors during the Late Pleistocene
  • Presents an interdisciplinary reconstruction of Neanderthals by assessing archaeology, paleontology, paleoecology, anthropology, genetics and cognition
  • Reviews the reliability of archaeological data and the theoretical and methodological advances of the last 30 years
  • Discusses the most debated Neanderthal themes, such as demography, diet, socio-economy and art
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ISBN-13: 9780128214282
ISBN-10: 0128214287
Pagini: 382
Ilustrații: Approx. 110 illustrations
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 mm
Greutate: 1.02 kg


1. Updating Neanderthals: taking stock of more than 160 years of studies 2. The climatic and environmental context of the Late Pleistocene 3. Biotic interactions in the Middle and Late Palaeolithic 4. Different species on the horizon: Denisovan hominins 5. Neanderthal: anatomy, genes, and evolution 6. Neanderthal brain 7. Neanderthal subsistence: selective or opportunistic hunters? 8. Small animal use by Neanderthals 9. The use of plants by Neanderthals 10. Neanderthal technological variability: a wide-range geographical perspective in the Final Middle Palaeolithic 11. The organisation of living spaces in Neanderthal campsites 12. Fire among Neanderthals 13. "Art": Neanderthal symbolic graphic behaviour 14. Spiritual and symbolic activities of Neanderthals 15. Beyond European boundaries: Neanderthals in the Armenian Highlands and the Caucasus 16. Methodological advances in ancient Paleolithic studies 17. The arrival of Homo sapiens in Europe