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January 4th, 2002

Desolate Landscapes: Ice-Age Settlement of Eastern Europe

John Hoffecker argues in his new book that the Eastern European settlement record reveals a stark contrast between Neanderthals and modern humans with respect to technology and social organization, both of which are tied to the development of language and the use of symbols. Desolate Landscapes brings readers up to date with the rich archaeological record in this significant region and its contribution to understanding one of the most important events in human evolution—the rise of modern humans and the extinction of the Neanderthals. (Rutgers University Press).