Lecture Notes - Neanderthals

Lecture Notes - Neanderthals - Making of the Modern World...

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Making of the Modern World 1: Prehistory and the Birth of Civilization Professor Scott L. Vandehey Fall 2008, Track D “Neanderthals” Oct. 10 th , 2008 The film: The film is a kind of "nature special" on the daily life of Neanderthals. The Neanderthals are played by actors, which could be problematic. But they are played brilliantly, which makes the film remarkably relevant and useful. Note that the Neanderthals are depicted using a very basic, and yet completely foreign, form of language. They are also depicted on the edge of survival and without a strong concept of symbolic or metaphysical thought. These are all important and relevant aspects of Neanderthals and highlight some important differences between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. There is little or no plot line and no named characters in the movie. This is also important. A well-developed plotline would have made the depiction of the Neanderthals seem pre-determined and would have made the survival of this species fit into our
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This note was uploaded on 11/26/2008 for the course MMW 1 taught by Professor Jordan during the Fall '06 term at UCSD.

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