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Continuity and Discontinuity in the Peopling of Europe

One Hundred Fifty Years of Neanderthal Study

  • Silvana Condemi
  • Gerd-Christian Weniger

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Winfried Henke, Thorolf Hardt
    Pages 17-45
  3. José María Bermúdez de Castro, María Martinón-Torres, Aida Gómez-Robles, Ann Margvelashvili, Juan Luis Arsuaga, José Miguel Carretero et al.
    Pages 67-75
  4. Bernard Vandermeersch, María Dolores Garralda
    Pages 113-125
  5. Tanya M. Smith, Donald J. Reid, Anthony J. Olejniczak, Shara Bailey, Mica Glantz, Bence Viola et al.
    Pages 155-163
  6. Virginie Volpato, Christine Couture, Roberto Macchiarelli, Bernard Vandermeersch
    Pages 175-178
  7. Katerina Harvati, Nandini Singh, Elisabeth Nicholson López
    Pages 179-192
  8. Philipp Gunz, Katerina Harvati
    Pages 193-202
  9. Juan Luis Arsuaga, Rolf Quam, Joan Daura, Montserrat Sanz, Maria Eulàlia Subira, Love Dalén et al.
    Pages 213-217

About this book


Since the Western world first became aware of the existence of Neanderthals, this Pleistocene human has been a regular focus of interest among specialists and also among the general public. In fact, we know far more about Neanderthals than we do about any other extinct human population. Furthermore, over the past 150 years no other palaeospecies has been such a constant source of discussion and fierce debate among palaeoanthropologists and archaeologists. This book presents the status of our knowledge as well as the methods and techniques used to study this extinct population and it suggests perspectives for future research.


Human Evolution Modern Humans Neahderthal Origin of European populations Paleoanthropology

Editors and affiliations

  • Silvana Condemi
    • 1
  • Gerd-Christian Weniger
    • 2
  1. 1., EFS, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie biocultUniversité de la MéditerranéeMarseille Cedex 15France
  2. 2.Stiftung Neanderthal MuseumMettmannGermany

About the editors

Silvana Condemi is an anthropologist who studied at the Universities of Paris VI and Bordeaux (France).  She is currently Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in the laboratory of Anthropology at the University of Marseille, where she directs the unit of paleoanthropology. She has specialized in Pleistocene human evolution, in particular concerning the origin and evolution of Neanderthals and on the emergence of modern humans. She conducts field work in the Middle East and Europe. Her research focuses on interpretation of the archeological record, on patterns of human anatomical variation, the relationship between genetics and environment, ecogeographical patterning and, more recently, collaboration on ancient DNA analysis and modelling of Neanderthal populations.


Gerd-Christian Weniger is a palaeolithic archaeologist with special interest in human cultural and biological evolution during the Upper Pleistocene in Europe and the Near East. Since 1991 he is professor of Prehistory at the University of Cologne and since 1996 he is director of the Neanderthal Museum. His current research includes the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in Europe. As director of the Neanderthal Museum he is engaged in various research projects including field work in the Western Mediterranean and directing NESPOS an interactive online database on the archaeology and anthropology of Neanderthals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Continuity and Discontinuity in the Peopling of Europe
  • Book Subtitle One Hundred Fifty Years of Neanderthal Study
  • Editors Silvana Condemi
    Gerd-Christian Weniger
  • Series Title Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Vertebrate Paleobiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-0491-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3554-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-0492-3
  • Series ISSN 1877-9077
  • Series E-ISSN 1877-9085
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 386
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Anthropology
    Evolutionary Biology
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