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Who were the Neanderthals? On-demand event

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On-demand Online Event: Who Were the Neanderthals?

Rebecca Wragg Sykes, Palaeolithic archaeologist and author

For the first 40 years after their fossils were recognised, nobody knew whether or not Neanderthals had any culture. Following the discovery of their stone tools, assumptions of lesser cognitive abilities still dominated for nearly a century. In this talk, Rebecca Wragg Sykes shows how advances in archaeological methods over the last three decades have revealed a very different picture.

Far from confined and unvarying, Neanderthal minds were focused on quality and efficiency, yet also flexible and creative. As stone artisans, carpenters and inventors of the first synthetic material, Neanderthals pioneered new technologies. And in doing so, they stretched the everyday hominin world through time and space like never before.

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  • On-demand access to a recording of the lecture and Q&A for 12 months
  • Exclusive access to Lone Frank's lecture 'What sequencing your genome can really tell you' filmed at our Instant Expert masterclass 'You and your genome'
  • Bonus content from New Scientist

About the speakers:

Dr Rebecca Wragg Sykes has always been drawn to the challenge of studying our deep human past, and is an expert in Palaeolithic archaeology and stone tool technology. Her academic career includes a synthesis of the last Neanderthals in Britain, and exploring the cognitive aspects of their technologies.

Following a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Bordeaux on prehistoric landscapes in the Massif Central mountains, she diversified outside scientific research to focus on her creative passion for writing and science communication. Rebecca’s first book Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love Death and Art will be published August 2020 with Bloomsbury Sigma.

The event is hosted by Valerie Jamieson, New Scientist Events' creative director.

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This event is suitable for anyone with an interest in the subjects under discussion or a more general scientific interest. However if you are attending the event in a professional capacity you may be interested to know that this event is accredited by the CPD Certification Service and CPD certificates are available to attendees on request by contacting live@newscientist.com.

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Your ticket will give you access to a recording of the event which originally took place on Thursday 27 Aug 2020 and lasts for approximately one hour. Access to the recording of the event will be available until 27 Aug 2021.
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