Shreeve has journeyed to Europe, the Middle East and Africa in search of evidence to explain new fossil discoveries which questions the relationship between the Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens. His book offers a fascinating theory for what might have allowed two equally human species to share the same landscape in the same evolutionary time.
Shreeve received his B.A. in English from Brown University in 1973 and graduated from The Iowa Writers Workshop in 1979. He contributed fiction to various literary magazines before turning to scientific writing. From 1983-1985, Shreeve was the public information director at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. While at the MBL, he founded MBL Science, a magazine for general readers. He lives with his family in Takoma Park, Md. and is currently working on another novel.