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Jean Marie Auel

Born: 1936
Died: -
Nationality: Finland/ America
Description: Writer
IQ: 140
Jean Marie Auel was born Untinen, on February 18th 1936 in Chicago, Illinois. She is more known under the name of Jean Auel. She is an American and Finnish writer. She is best known for her historical fiction novels set in prehistoric Europe. The Earth’s Children books explore interactions of Cro-Magnon people with Neanderthals. They sold around 34 million copied around the world, included translated versions in many languages.

Jean Marie Auel is the second of the five children of Neil Solomon Untinen and Martha Virtanen. Auel and her husband Ray Bernard Auel have five children of their own. Auel is a member of Mensa, that she joined in 1964. Mensa is the largest, oldest and most famous high-IQ society in the world. She attended both the Portland State University and the University of Portland. She had many little jobs while studying. She was a clerk, then a circuit board designer, technical writer and a credit manager. At one time, she shared a secretary with author Ursula K. Le Guin. In 1976, she earned her MBA and received honorary degrees from the Mount Vernon College for Women and the University of Maine.

In 1977, Auel’s interests on ice age becomes important as she is starting the research in order to write her first book. She wanted to know so much and be as accurate as possible that she joined a survival class and learnt how to construct an ice cave, as well as primitive methods of making on fire and tanning leather; she learnt with an aboriginal skills expert, Jim Riggs. The Clan of the Cave Bear, was nominated by an American Booksellers Association for the best first novel, among a lot of other awards nominations.

Pushed by the success of the first book, Auel started to travel to prehistoric sites and meet many experts she had been working with over long distance. She crossed almost all Europe and developed, in France, a close friendship with Dr Jean Clottes, who was responsible for the exploration of the Cosquer Cave and the Chauvet Cave discovered respectively in 1985 and 1994.

Although her books were said to be anthropologically and ethno-botanically accurate, some archaeological research tend to suggest that some prehistorical details are inaccurate or even fictional, and that some specifications light be arbitrary.

For example, the differences between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens may have been exaggerated or underestimated in the series; it has been found that Neanderthals had a hyoid bone and may thus have been capable of using vocal language and not as dependent on sign language as portrayed in the series (the existence of a Neanderthal hyoid bone wasn't confirmed until 1983, some years after the first book in the series was published).

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