A fascinating investigation of the origin of humans, based on incredible new discoveries and advanced scientific technology
"Conveys the thrill of archaeological discovery."--Alexander Larman, The Observer
"Packs in startling discoveries, impressive insights and the occasional debunking of a foolish idea."--Michael Marshall, New Scientist
Fifty thousand years ago, Homo sapiens
was not the only species of humans in the world. There were also Neanderthals in what is now Europe, the Near East, and parts of Eurasia; Hobbits (H. floresiensis
) on the island of Flores in Indonesia; Denisovans in Siberia and eastern Eurasia; and H. luzonensis
in the Philippines. Tom Higham investigates what we know about these other human species and explores what can be learned from the genetic links between them and us. He also looks at whether H. erectus
may have survived into the period when our ancestors first moved into Southeast Asia.
Filled with thrilling tales of recent scientific discoveries, this book offers an engaging synopsis of our current understanding of human origins and raises new and interesting possibilities--particularly concerning what contact, if any, these other species might have had with us prior to their extinction.