The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction

The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction

by Pat Shipman

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Overview

A Times Higher Education Book of the Week

Approximately 200,000 years ago, as modern humans began to radiate out from their evolutionary birthplace in Africa, Neanderthals were already thriving in Europe—descendants of a much earlier migration of the African genus Homo. But when modern humans eventually made their way to Europe 45,000 years ago, Neanderthals suddenly vanished. Ever since the first Neanderthal bones were identified in 1856, scientists have been vexed by the question, why did modern humans survive while their closest known relatives went extinct?

“Shipman admits that scientists have yet to find genetic evidence that would prove her theory. Time will tell if she’s right. For now, read this book for an engagingly comprehensive overview of the rapidly evolving understanding of our own origins.”
—Toby Lester, Wall Street Journal

“Are humans the ultimate invasive species? So contends anthropologist Pat Shipman—and Neanderthals, she opines, were among our first victims. The relationship between Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis is laid out cleanly, along with genetic and other evidence. Shipman posits provocatively that the deciding factor in the triumph of our ancestors was the domestication of wolves.”
—Daniel Cressey, Nature

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674975415
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 05/15/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 942,083
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Pat Shipman is the author of many books, including The Invaders, The Animal Connection, and The Ape in the Tree (with Alan Walker), which won the W. W. Howells Award from the American Anthropological Association. A New York Times notable author, Shipman is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Geographical Society of London.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 And He Is Us 1

2 Here We Come, Ready or Not 9

3 Time Is of the Essence 31

4 Who Wins in an Invasion? 45

5 How Do You Know What You Think You Know? 61

6 What's for Dinner? 70

7 What Does an Invasion Look Like? 88

8 Going, Going, Gone … 106

9 Guess Who Else Is Coming to Dinner? 120

10 Bearing Up under Competition Pressure 143

11 The Jagger Principle 156

12 Dogged 167

13 Why Dogs? 194

14 When Is a Wolf Not a Wolf? 214

15 What Happened and Why 226

Notes 235

Credits 259

Index 263

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