Neil Bockoven is an award-winning geologist, journalist and the author of the historical fiction “Moctu” series — Moctu and the Mammoth People and The People Eaters (July 2022) – as well as a children’s science book titled When We Met Neanderthals.
Paleo Human Mysteries is a four-part documentary series (produced and hosted by Neil) that examines some of the greatest mysteries surrounding our early ancestors. Did we interbreed with Neanderthals and other archaic human species? And why did we survive, while they did not? Based on Neil’s exhaustive research, the series delves deep into the Paleolithic era and the interactions of paleo humans and explores the most recent discoveries being made through archaeology and genetics.
Episode 4 is titled “The Name Game” for good reason. In it, Neil explains where the name Neanderthal originated and the startling resistance of many leading scientists in the 19th Century to even consider the possibility that other human species inhabited the earth with us. Even after the archaeological evidence was undeniable, some scientists proposed naming the new species “Homo stupidus,” showing the arrogance of Homo sapiens. The whole debate culminated in one of the most unusual dual challenges in history – the choice of weapons being sausages!
In an addendum to the series, Neil also discusses his books – Moctu and the Mammoth People and The People Eaters – and scientific research that underlies them. And he talks about his popular children’s book – When We Met Neanderthals – which also is available everywhere books are sold.
Episode One – “You Sexy Beast,”- aired on July 12, 2022. Episode Two – “Killer” Instinct” – launched on July 29, 2022. Episode Three – “Ancient Footprints” – premiered on August 19, 2022. The last episode of the series – “The Name Game” – was released on Oct 3, 2022.
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Books by Neil Bockoven:
The People Eaters (July 2022)
Moctu and the Mammoth People (2019)
When We Met Neanderthals (2019)
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Special thanks to Pat Shipman and Helga Ingeborg Vierich for their review, comments and encouragement on this video. Pat Shipman – Penn State University Anthropology – retired; author of books including The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction.
Helga Vierich – PhD Anthropologist, University of Toronto, Professor, YellowHead Tribal College; Blog: https://anthroecologycom.wordpress.com .
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If you wish to do more research on your own, check out the 200+ references at the back of my novels, and these wonderful books:
Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art https://www.amazon.com/Kindred-Neande…
Who We Are and How We Got Here. https://www.amazon.com/Who-We-Are-and…
The World Before Us https://www.amazon.com/World-Before-U…
The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction https://www.amazon.com/Invaders-Human…
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