The World Before Us

Tom Higham


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Fifty thousand years ago, Homo sapiens was not the only species of humans in the world. There were also Neanderthals in what is now Europe, the Near East, and parts of Eurasia; Hobbits on the island of Flores in Indonesia; and Denisovans in Siberia and eastern Eurasia. Tom Higham investigates what we know about these other human species and explores what can be learned from the genetic links between them and us.

Filled with thrilling tales of recent scientific discoveries, this book offers an engaging synopsis of our current understanding of human origins and raises new and interesting possibilities—particularly concerning what contact, if any, these other species might have had with us prior to their extinction.

Tom Higham is professor of archaeological science at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art at the University of Oxford and director of the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit.

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Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 6.5 × 9.5 × 1 in