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The Neanderthal pictured. A study of how well the image material of the Neanderthals match up with the knowledge about them
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Neandertalaren avbildad. En studie i hur väl bildmaterialet av neandertalarna stämmer överens med kunskapen om dem (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Images can make us believe something to be true, that never has been, which is something the study in this report will show. The starting-point was to examine of it is true that new images are based on older ones, and that it is difficult to change the image that has become accustomed to and accepted.

The first chapter studies and analyzes scientific images of the Neanderthals. The purpose was to find out how well the world of science have managed to change the description of the Neanderthals since the first trend-setting images were made. The answer was: it has succeeded, but during a slow process which just recently has caught up.

The second chapter studied the general publics’ opinion of the looks of the Neanderthals in relation to the knowledge about them. The chapter also looked at surrounding reasons to why about half of those who participated in this chapter’s surveys still believed the Neanderthals looked like a monkey-man. Some of the reasons believed to be because of the news media is spreading incorrect images in lack of scrutinizing the image material; image agencies reports old, parsimonious and/or wrong information about the images of Neanderthals they are selling; and because of the world of scientists not acting upon the incorrect image material still being spread.

Abstract [sv]

Bilder kan påverka oss att tro något är sant som aldrig har varit det, något studien i denna rapport kommer visa. Utgångspunkten var att undersöka om det stämmer att nya bilder bygger på gamla, och att det är svårt att förändra den bild som blivit invand och accepterad.

I det första kapitlet studerades och analyserades vetenskapliga bilder av neandertalarna. Syftet var att ta reda på hur pass väl forskarvärlden lyckats förändra framställningen av neandertalarna från att de första tongivande bilderna skapades. Svaret blev att de har lyckats, men under en långsam process som först på senare tid hunnit ikapp.

Det andra kapitlet tittade på hur allmänheten trodde att neandertalarna såg ut i relation till dagens kunskap om dem. Kapitlet tittade också på omkringliggande orsaker till varför runt hälften av de som deltog i kapitlets undersökningar fortfarande trodde att neandertalarna såg ut som en apmänniska. Några av orsakerna ansågs vara att nyhetsmedia sprider fel bilder eftersom de inte granskar bildmaterialet kritiskt; att bildbyråer uppger utdaterad, knapphändig och/eller felaktig information om de bilder av neandertalare de säljer; samt att forskarvärlden inte verkar reagera på det felaktiga bildmaterial som fortfarande sprids.

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2010. , 37 p.
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-93578ISRN: LiU-ITN-TEK-G--10/019--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-93578DiVA: diva2:628545
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Graphics Design and Communication
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Available from: 2013-06-14 Created: 2013-06-04 Last updated: 2013-06-18Bibliographically approved

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