E.H. Gombrich on Human Ancestry

“In Asia and Africa, ancient bones have been found. These were our ancestors who may have already been using stones as tools more than a hundred and fifty thousand years ago. They were different from the Neanderthal people who appeared about seventy thousand years earlier and inhabited the earth for about two hundred thousand years. The Neanderthal people had low foreheads, but their brains were no smaller than those of most people today.”

Excerpted from: Gombrich, E.H. Trans. Caroline Mustill. A Little History of the World. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005

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