For too long the Neanderthals have been seen as dim-witted evolutionary dead-enders who looked and behaved completely differently from us, but in recent years their story has been transformed thanks to new discoveries and advances in scientific techniques. In a compelling narrative one that has not previously been told in a way that encompasses the entire dramatic arc from evolution to expansion to extinction this book takes a fresh and engaging look at the whole story of the Neanderthals, setting out all the evidence, redressing the balance and arriving at a fairer assessment of a species that was closely related to us and in so doing addresses what it is to be human.--book jacket
The maps are a little weak, without some useful levels of detail.
I would recommend this book for both those within the field(s) as well as those simply interested, such as myself. The resources cited can be used to answer some questions or, for those more knowledgeable, serve as a springboard into further research. The writing is engaging and the organization is easy to understand and follow.
A copy was provided from the publisher through Goodreads First Reads.