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The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body Hardcover – 30 Jun 2005

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st edition edition (30 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297643177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297643173
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,288,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'offers a new perspective on the development of the modern mind.' (HISTORY TODAY (May 2005) )

'a detailed erudite exploration of the psychology and neurobiology of music, and the relationship between music and language....a genuine tour de force - unquestionably Mithen's best book to date.' (Robin Dunbar BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY (July/August 2005) )

'grand in its scope and bold in conception...[with] profound conclusions.' (Adrian Woolfson SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (10.7.05) )

'Mithen's rich, dispassionate study of the origins of music, language and mime goes back to music-making among primates as the basis for understanding what role music might play in the human mind, primative and modern, healthy and damaged.' (Norman Lebrecht EVENING STANDARD (18.7.05) )

'This is a long-overdue book, which approaches human evolution from an intriguing as well as entertaining angle.' (R.I.M. Dunbar TLS (29.7.05) )

'Mithen argues in this book on "the origins of music, language, mind and body", musical qualities have been fundamental not only to courtship but also to the sense of togetherness that enables a bunch of clever, edgy primates to make the most of their talents.' (Marek Kohn THE INDEPENDENT (29.7.05) )

'a joy, packed with the latest research and intriguing new suggestions and ideas.' (Richard Wentk FOCUS (September 2005) )

'This is an absorbing and thought provoling work.' (WESTERN DAILY PRESS (16.7.05) )

'an absorbing page-turner of a book that makes an interesting case for new thinking of the origins of language and brings the hitherto neglected consideration of the evolution of music into the spotlight..fascinating and well researched.' (Ian Simmons FORTEAN TIMES (September 2005) )

'Mithen knows a great deal and he writes well.' (LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS (6.10.05) )

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A fascinating and incisive examination of our language instinct from award-winning science writer Steven Mithen. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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