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The Smart Neanderthal

Price: Standard £12, Senior Citizens £8, Children £8

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The Smart Neanderthal

Clive Finlayson

Nov

15

12:00pm 1h
The Gibraltar Garrison Library (Festival HQ)

Clive will be interviewed by Alice Mascarenhas as he talks about this latest book The Smart Neanderthal. Clive draws on his team’s research in Gorham’s and Vanguard caves in Gibraltar, and evidence from other Neanderthal sites, as well as insights from natural history, in particular knowledge from observing birds, to present a very different emerging view of Neanderthals. In a thrilling account of archaeological discovery, detective work, and magical moments watching majestic golden eagles and cunning vultures, Clive paints an image of Neanderthals who captured birds for their decorative feathers and talons, who made engravings and painted on cave walls, and who may have taught modern humans a thing or two. He questions whether modern humans underwent a unique cognitive revolution at all, and mourns the loss of a lineage of humans who were probably just as smart as us.