Cro-Magnon How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-05-10
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press
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Cro-Magnons were the first fully modern Europeans?not only the creators of the stunning cave paintings at Lascaux and elsewhere, but the most adaptable and technologically inventive people that had yet lived on earth. The prolonged encounter between the Cro-Magnons and the archaic Neanderthals and between 45,000 and 30,000 years ago was one of the defining moments of history. The Neanderthals survived for some 15,000 years in the face of the newcomers, but were finally pushed aside by the Cro-Magnons' vastly superior intellectual abilities and cutting-edge technologies, which allowed them to thrive in the intensely challenging climate of the Ice Age. What do we know about this remarkable takeover? Who were the first modern Europeans and what were they like? How did they manage to thrive in such an extreme environment? And what legacy did they leave behind them after the cold millennia? The age of the Cro-Magnons lasted some 30,000 years?longer than all of recorded history.Cro-Magnonis the story of a little known, yet seminal, chapter of human experience.

Author Biography

Brian Fagan was born in England, did fieldwork in Africa, and taught at the University of California, Santa. Barbara. He is the author of Fish on Friday, The Little Ice Age, The Long Summer, and the New York. Times bestseller The Great Warming, among many other works.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Editionp. ix
Preface to the First Editionp. xv
Author's Notep. xxiii
Momentous Encountersp. 1
Neanderthal Ancestorsp. 22
Neanderthals and Their Worldp. 43
The Quiet Peoplep. 63
The Ten Thousandth Grandmotherp. 83
Great Mobilityp. 103
The Realm of the Lion Manp. 132
Fat, Flints, and Fursp. 152
The Gravettiansp. 174
The Power of the Huntp. 197
The Magdaleniansp. 218
The Challenge of Warmingp. 239
Acknowledgmentsp. 265
Notesp. 267
Indexp. 285
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