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Inventing the Cave Man: From Darwin to the Flintstones

Andrew Horrall


Cave men are among the most widely recognised characters in global popular culture. They look like modern humans and inhabit a humorously archaic, but scientifically invalid version of the contemporary world. They battle dinosaurs, use comic technology like foot-powered cars, and drag women by the hair. This illustrated book is the first systematic investigation of the character’s evolution from pre-modern freak shows and fascinations with apes, to mid-nineteenth century evidence of dinosaurs, ancient hominids and evolution. Suddenly, long-held scientific and religious beliefs came into questi ... More

Keywords: cartoons, cave man, evolution, film, Charles Darwin, music hall, prehistory, satire, television

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781526113849
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526113849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Horrall, author
Library and Archives Canada