Life As Told By a Sapiens to a Neanderthal review: Joyful curiosity

This evolution bestseller is full of ironic humour, sharp insights and affectionate acknowledgement of human flaws – and ends up as a celebration of curiosity

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DEWD0X Archaeological Site of Atapuerca. Archaeological Site: Gran Dolina. World Heritage Site. Burgos. Castilla-Leon. Spain.

Excavations at Atapuerca, near Burgos, Spain, shed new light on the first humans in Europe

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Life As Told By a Sapiens to a Neanderthal

Juan José Millás and Juan Luis Arsuaga (translated by Thomas Bunstead and Daniel Hahn)

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IN THE Spanish city of Burgos, a towering 13th-century Gothic cathedral stands opposite the Museum of Human Evolution. Built 800 years apart, these buildings are both dedicated to finding meaning and exploring human origins, but the bones in the museum are 1000 times older than the cathedral, and its “high priest” …

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