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Jean Auel, author of the best-selling Ice-age epic “The Clan of the Cavebear,” joins us with the final chapter in her prehistoric saga.


When she was 40 years old with five kids and a lot to do, Jean Auel re-imagined the deep past and human life in the Ice Age.

Her novel “The Clan of the Cave Bear” was a giant bestseller. It introduced the world to a time when our early human ancestors and Neanderthals shared the cave landscape of Europe. To a beautiful Cro Magnon girl, Ayla, raised by Neaderthals spooked by her human intelligence.

Decades later, Ayla’s all grown up. A shaman, herbalist, hunter, horse whisperer, hot cave mama.

This hour On Point: a conversation with "The Clan of the Cave Bear" creator, Jean Auel.
- Tom Ashbrook

Jean Auel,  author of the “Earth’s Children” series set in prehistoric Europe that explores relationships between Cro-Magnon people and Neanderthals.  Her new book is "The Land of Painted Caves."

Michelle Bezanson, assistant professor of anthropology at Santa Clara University, where she teaches Jean Auel’s “The Clan of the Cave Bear” in her course on popular culture and biological anthropology.


This program aired on March 31, 2011.

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