Engels, Neanderthals and the origins of the family
Publisher: International Socialism
Date Written: 05/04/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21026
Based on concrete evidence from genetics and archaeology, Friedrich Engel's theories well over a hundred years ago are still relevant to current disputes about the origins of the human family.
Excerpt: An increasing amount of evidence in archaeological, anthropological and, lately, genetic studies has started to throw light on the period known as the Pleistocene, when modern humans came into contact with Neanderthals. The disappearance of the Neanderthals at that time is a mystery that has led to enormous amounts of speculation among scholars. It is possible that as well as inspiring socialists and feminists in their fight against women's oppression, Engels's work, now well over 100 years old, can throw light on a question that still baffles scholars of human origins.