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The Improbable Primate: How Water Shaped Human Evolution

Sunday 30 March 2014

1 Hour


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Expert on Neanderthal man Professor Clive Finlayson takes an ecological approach to the evolution of man. Finlayson. who trained in Oxford as an evolutionary ecologist, is director of the Gibraltar Museum and has been researching the final stand of Neanderthals on Gibraltar. In his new work, Finlayson argues that the availability of water in particular played a critical role in human evolution and in the success of the species. The challenge of seeking water in a drying landscape moulded the minds and bodies of early humans and directed their migrations and settlements.

Finlayson has published widely on Neanderthal man and his other books include Neanderthals and Modern Humans: An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective  and The Humans Who Went Extinct.