A Review of Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman, Part 1 - Scientific American

In this first of a two-part review of Bernard Heuvelmans' Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman (Anomalist Books, also now available in hardback), Darren Naish, a palaeozoologist affiliated with the University of Southampton, UK, praises the long-awaited English translation of the book, summarizes the remarkable tale and it's clock and dagger aspects, and finds it "a most curious and interesting book." So far, so good. But in A Review of Neanderthal: the Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman, Part 2 Naish wonders, quite rightly, where Heuvelmans' "a full-length monograph on the specimen, a few hundred pages long" might be. Good question. He then deals with the whole "replacement model" controversy before moving on to the subject of hominin evolution and our changing views of Neanderthals. Naish wonders whether Heuvelmans developed his view of Neanderthals only because of his hypothesis on Neanderthal survival; maybe not "only" but it certainly influenced it, as it should, we would say. De-hominisation and Initial Bipedalism are then discussed at length, as well as his objections to the lengthy Afterword by Loren Coleman. Naish concludes by calling Neanderthal "a weird book," but one that "is of great value to those interested in the history of cryptozoological thought and speculation, on arcane evolutionary hypothesising, and also potentially to those researching the history of 20th century thought on hominin evolution." We would like to thank Naish for his serious treatment of the book in Scientific American. (PH)

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