This book is a comprehensive summary for a lay audience of the current state of knowledge about the Neanderthal people who lived from 125,000 to some 30,000 years ago.
The author begins with the developments of the first beings who stood upright on two legs and gives a brief summary of the anthropological developments from then up through the rise of the Neanderthals and our predecessors, the Cro-magnons.
Much of the action centers on excavations in Spain where it appears that most of the development of the Neanderthal people took place. There are accounts scattered Neanderthal remains that have been unearthed across Eastern Europe to Southeast Asia.
The author gives extensive coverage to the geological happenings throughout this time span; especially the several glaciations and warm inter-glacial periods that apparently impacted both Neanderthal and Cro-magnon development.
A most interesting book.