Bits and Pieces of the Living Past

If you are a certain age and come from an Anglo-Celtic or European background, your mental alignment and temperamental disposition will have rendered you, on balance, Eurocentric. Even the word Mediterranean—meaning centre of the earth, suggests this mindset, as do Far East and Middle East. Today, historians, archaeologists and anthropologists are dismantling this mindset at a furious pace, and as the globe contracts it has never been more opportune to celebrate our common origins and humanity. It even turns out, as revealed recently, that we mated with our Neanderthal cousins—and why should that surprise us? In 2010, a collaboration between…

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