'A beautifully synthesized portrait of a powerful people … the first complete chronological narrative of the species from emergence to extinction … a gem'
'If you thought you knew about the Neanderthals, think again. Prepare to have your prejudices shattered and your understanding of humanity challenged'
Clive Gamble, Professor of Archaeology, University of Southampton
'Excellent and absorbing'
Current World Archaeology
' Fresh, well-informed and highly recommended … The inspired pairing of a Palaeolithic expert and a historian of science makes for compelling reading'
Paul Pettitt, Professor of Archaeology, Durham University