Sep 14th 2019

Human evolution | Neanderthals had a propensity for earache, nudging them to their doom

Human evolution | Neanderthals had a propensity for earache, nudging them to their doom

A new analysis of their skulls points to an anatomical problem THE LAST Neanderthals vanished from Earth about 40,000 years ago. Exactly what drove them to extinction, however, remains a mystery, with their disappearance variously attributed to anything from climate change to inferior cognitive abilities or even cannibalism. Anthony Pagano, a medical researcher at Seton Hall …

Return to Gilead | The sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” explores the workings of repression

Return to Gilead | The sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” explores the workings of repression

But in “The Testaments”, Margaret Atwood charts a way out The Testaments. By Margaret Atwood. Nan A. Talese; 432 pages; $28.95. Chatto & Windus; £20 THEY STOOD in a line outside the Capitol while senators considered a health-care bill that would restrict family-planning services. They reappeared in Washington to watch over the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, a …

The fractured lands | A technicolour history of Brooklyn

The fractured lands | A technicolour history of Brooklyn

From ice sheet to hipsters Brooklyn: The Once and Future City. By Thomas Campanella. Princeton University Press; 552 pages; $35 and £27. THE FIRST photograph in Thomas Campanella’s fascinating history of the borough of Brooklyn seems, at first glance, to have little to do with his subject. Here is the north-east coast of Baffin Island, in the high …