What’s our line?

Henry Gee

  • The Neandertals: Changing the Image of Mankind by Eric Trinkaus and Pat Shipman
    Cape, 454 pp, £20.00, April 1993, ISBN 0 224 03648 3
  • In Search of the Neanderthals: Solving the Puzzle of Human Origins by Christopher Stringer and Clive Gamble
    Thames and Hudson, 247 pp, £18.95, May 1993, ISBN 0 500 05070 8
  • Self-Made Man and His Undoing by Jonathan Kingdon
    Simon and Schuster, 369 pp, £20.00, March 1993, ISBN 0 671 71140 7

Up until the mid-19th century, humanity and the animal world were separated by an unbridgeable morphological void – there was no coherent body of evidence to suggest anything other than the standard Biblical story of human origins. Everything changed, however, in 1856, when the first Neanderthal fossils to be recognised as such were unearthed – just three years before the publication of The Origin of Species.

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