PREHISTORIC MAN by Charles R. Knight


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In spite of certain criticisms -- its unevenness, the emphasis on the accounts of expeditions to the caves of France and Spain -- this is an interesting, dramatic and plausibly argued account of what we know -- and guess -- about the life of ancient man. It tells of his gradual achievement of comfort and security through shelter, clothing, defensive weapons and a reliable food supply. The author, noted for his scientific paintings, lets the stories of the expeditions to examine the relics get in the way of the history of how Neanderthal Man, Cro-Magnon Man and other ancient forebears were first discovered, what types of living conditions they encountered and how they coped with them. Worthwhile parallel reading for courses in this field.

Pub Date: Aug. 19th, 1949
Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts