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The Flower People of Shanidar

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The Flower People of Shanidar

Abstract

As a powerful tool in the production of knowledge, comparing plays a crucial part in the sciences and the humanities. This volume explores the relationship between comparing and narrating in epistemic practices and clarifies the ways in which narratives enable or impede practices of comparing. It takes into account related activities, such as measuring and classifying, modeling, establishing norms and categories, as well as organizing and popularizing knowledge, to analyze the ambivalent relationship between narratives, scientific explanation, and understanding. The contributions bring out the epistemic role of narratives, and elucidate how narratives are connected to comparisons and scientific explanations.
The Flower People of Shanidar
Telling a New Tale about our Neanderthal Brothers
Oliver Hochadel
         Science 
        
           
         Homo sapiens
             
        
            
           
              
        
   
            
             
          
Shanidar. e First Flower People        
             
             
          
          
          
            
          
            
        Homo sapiens
             
       
100 Oliver Hochadel
        
           
           
          
           
1. The Neanderthal—from beast to brother
        
          
        
             
          Homo sapiens
         
          
          
         
               
        
           
            
                
          
            
       
           
         
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            
              
         
           
         
   
              
        
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         
          
            
            
          
             
        
           
          
          
             
            
           
             
             
         
           
          
       
               
           
          
             
        
            
              
            
          
          
         
      
              
          
          
          
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     
102 Oliver Hochadel
         
              
     sapiens   
             
            
            
       
             
          
          
  
2. A ower burial and an elderly invalid
      Shanidar. e First Flower People 
          
             
            
          
            
             
              
     
          
           
            
             
        
             
           
               
             
     
          
            
           
 
The Flower People of Shanidar 103
             
        
            
              
            
           
           
         
            
            
               
         
         
              
            
              
          
            
           
  
           
         
         
          
            
          
            
             
      
           
           
           
       
    
104 Oliver Hochadel
3. The Iraqi Kurds, a erce mountain folk
            
           
              
          
           
              
    Shanidar. e First Flower People   
        
            
            
             
            
             
            
           
         
            
             
          
Homo sapiens          
              
              
 
           
            
         
             
     
   
      
       
            
          
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   
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           
Homo sapiens         
             
           
            
            
       
4. The impact of Solecki’s book
    Shanidar. e First Flower People    
            
             
         
            
       Shanidar. e First Flower People  
              
             
             
       
            
            
        
           
       
          
           
     
   
           
           
         
           
             

               
   
106 Oliver Hochadel
        
      
    Shanidar. e First Flower People    
             
           
         
           
            
             
               
             
              
           
             
        
Shanidar. e First Flower People        
            
         
           
         
         
          
           
         
            
           
    Shanidar. e First Flower People  
              
           
       
   
           
  
           
            
           
         
   
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              
         Origins    
    Lucy. e Beginnings of Humankind   
              
    Australopithecus afarensis    
 
            
         
              
         
          
          
            
            
    
 Shanidar. e First Flower People     
            
            
            
             
 before          
             
             
             
   
           
        
          
            
           
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        
           
             
         
         
   
            
           
            
108 Oliver Hochadel
             
            
               
         
             
          
            
          
   Shanidar. e First Flower People    
            
         
           
             
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           
               
   Science      
           
             
             
            
              
            
                
      
               
      
           
             
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             
     
   
           
           
          
            
        
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            
            
            
            
           
        
      e Neanderthals 
            
          Shanidar. e First
Flower People          
           
        e Neanderthals 
           
           
            
           
       
5. Jean Auel and The Clan of the Cave Bear
             
             
           
                
             
            
             
            
           
             
          
                
             
       
            
       
    
110 Oliver Hochadel
            
       
          e
Clan of the Cave Bear           
            
             Homo sapiens
            
             
            
           
            
      e Clan of the Cave Bear      
             
            
         Homo sapiens
           
            
          
           
 e Clan of the Cave Bear           
          
             
             
         
              
   
            
           
          

             
            
          

               
           
         
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            
           
          
           
           
         
              
        
          
          
               
   
            
          
           
      
        
           
           
           
          
             
          
            
         
        
          
   
             
   
                
      
              
          
        
         
          
112 Oliver Hochadel
         
          
           
          
              
              
          
           
           
   
           
        
             
       
          
      
           
         e Land of the
Painted Caves       
        Le Monde des Enfants de la Terre
         
 
       
         
          
           
             
     e Clan of the Cave Bear    
               
          
             
       
         
         
             
          
         
The Flower People of Shanidar 113
              
           
           
             
       
6. Imagining the Flower Burial
           
   e Clan of the Cave Bear     
            
       
           
          
              
            
            
           
             
              
             
              
          
             
            
   
            
              
     
           
              
         
                 
              
         
  
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           
            
          
               
  e Clan of the Cave Bear          
     
           
           
      
           
              
           

           
           
              
    Origins       
          
            
            
       
         
            
              
           
             
           
          
    
 
           
   
             
          
          
            
 
     
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7. Serious doubts about the Flower Burial
         
          
           
             
         
            
  
            
    tout court     
            
             
          

         
           
           Meriones crassus
 Meriones persicus          
           
           
       Meriones persicus  
              
   
               
            
             
           
         
           
     
      
    
            
        
       
               
          
116 Oliver Hochadel
          
              
              
            
          
       Meriones persicus  
           
 
            
            
           
           
            
              
            
   
            
            
           
             
 
             
      
          
           
        
          
            
             
           
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       
           
  
    
          
 

The Flower People of Shanidar 117
            
           
              
           
          
     
             
             
            
            
          
          
             
           
         
           
           
         
            
            
            
             
                
          
   
            
        
              
       
           
          
             
          
              
             
    
            
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118 Oliver Hochadel
           
          
          
              
              
         
          
             
        
            
            
            
         
            
           
            
            
           
    Shanidar. e First Fower People
8. Conclusion
           
         Narratives of Human
Evolution           
            
          
            
           
           
            
         
            
     
          
 
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         
       
            
            
           
         
        
     
         
  Shanidar. e First Flower People      
        
           
           
           
           
    e Clan of the Cave Bear     
          
            
           
           
           
          
           
    Shanidar. e First Flower People 

            
         
            
            
             
          Origins  
             
          
       
120 Oliver Hochadel
           
     
        
        
           
           
          
     
             
             
             
           
           
            
            
         
            
           
           
           
          
    
             
      
         
           
           
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            
             
        
             
        
          
   

              
   
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          Homo sapiens
           
            
         histoire croisée  
           
            
            
             
            

         
             
             
           
            
          
             
            
             
             
         
            
             
        
         
           
              
          
                
             
        
            
    
            
                
           
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            
      
            
          
           
            
          
              
           
               
           
           
  
           
          
          
         
Acknowledgements         
         
        
          
           
        
             
          
            
    
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