: Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain ( Allen Lane Science) (): Chris Stringer: Books. Homo Britannicus. The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain. Chris Stringer. London: Allen Lane, Penguin Group, , pp. (hardback), £ ISBN . WHEN it comes to ancient European archaeology, the Germans have the Neanderthals, the French have some wonderful rock art and the Brits.

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Despite the ostensible subject-matter, for me the main interest lay in the explanation of the widely – and at times very suddenly – varying climate over the last million years or so, and the effects of that on the geography of ice-free regions and on the fauna that inhabited them.

Notwithstanding this, it is a scholarly book essential to hommo understanding of the emergence of man in the Islands.

I loved the most, the begining of the book about the old discoveries and how old christian scientists interpreted the fossils they saw. John Lord, an amateur archaeologist based in Norfolk and a devoted digger into the county’s ancient past, has spent his life searching the landscape for signs of occupation by Stone Age Britons. Which gave a birth to Homo floressiensis in S.

They went extenct because of a volcanic eruption of Keli Mutu volcano. But I expected more. If you have the slightest interest in Britain’s distant origins, I would recommend this.

Nigel Lawson et al. Chris Stringer takes us back to when it was so tropical we lived here alongside hippos, elephants and sabre-toothed tigers or to times so cold we hunted reindeer and mammoth, and to others even colder when we were forced to flee a wall of ice.

However, the hpmo chapter of this book offsets the rest of the content at least for myself as it tenuously links the focus of the book into the phenomenon of ‘global warming’. It wasn’t that it was bad, and Hono think it was important and if I had read it as a standalone piece I’d have been impressed by it – but it seemed to go from a book that was talking specifically about Britain to one that was suddenly about problems on a global scale without clearly laying out their implications for Britain.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. So far – a great read. The tools, their edges still razor sharp, looked new. This isyears earlier than previously thought.

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British Archaeology magazine editor, Mike Pitts, said: Jun 18, Marcus rated it liked it. It is brilliantly done. Not surprisingly, our predecessors legged it for Spain and the south of France. But it is not what I expected from this book. So only pages 35 to actually discuss early human occupation in Britain.

The forced shift that is taken here highlights a blatant attempt on the authors behalf to jump onto the climate science bandwagon that marked the mid’s, something that I am very disappointed to find in this book.

It’s that homo word again. Elegantly written, the text is not overly-technical, and it’s noticeable that Chris displays an open mind throughout, taking an honest and measured approach to conflicting evidence and uncertainty – the sign of a true scientist. Yes we’re all screwed if we don’t lift our game. Ice ages came and went regularly and vast ice caps covered much of the land, with only the odd bit of blizzard-swept tundra poking through.

Feb 11, Paul rated it it was ok Shelves: It helps that the book is well illustrated, although some illustrations like old newspaper headlines of archaeological discoveries don’t add much to the text. For those of us more accustomed to red squirrels and “spits and spots of rain”, the mental picture of such a volatile and unrecognizable Britain is one of this book’s pleasures. Nov 22, Michael Cayley rated it liked it Shelves: Myatt rated it really liked it Jun 25, Chris describes how fossil and archaeological evidence from the Pakefield site in Lowestoft, UK, helped him and his team of scientists rewrite the date for the earliest human occupation toyears ago.

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Chris Stringer draws out in some detail the evidence on which experts have tried to reach conclusions. More from the web.

Published init has to some extent been overtaken by new research in a fast-developing field. I still recommend it though. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Stringer takes the reader along a fascinating road of discovery that has provided our current understanding.


Topics Science and nature books The Observer. I read this book to learn more about human evolution and the rise of Homo Sapiens habitation upon the British mainland. The librarians were unaware of their mistake until it was pointed out by students. Here is the incredible truth about our ancestors’ journey over millennia – and a glimpse of the future to see how it might continue.

The tag ‘Made in Britain’ can therefore be traced to Norfolk 60, years ago. A great book on early man in the UK. The author is more a researcher than a writer.

Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain by Chris Stringer

Books by Chris Stringer. He discovered a series of mammoth bones protruding from the quarry’s soil. Subtitled ‘A son’s journey into the history and science of cancer’, the book interweaves two very different narratives: Parts of it read like a pamphlet for AHOB, the author’s ongoing brifannicus project, and the last chapter is pretty much an essay on global warming that has nothing at all to do with the humans who lived in Britain fromyears ago other than the implication that “the climate changed back then and they britanmicus a hard time so we’ll probably have a hard time too if we carry on”.

The book explains the archaeological evidence found so far and how that fits britannjcus our knowledge of the major climatic shifts over the past million years, and in turn how those impacted on the natural world in which man tried to survive. That does not mean that it is playful and whimsical, quite the opposite.

The author, Chris Stringer is research leader in Human Origins at the Natural History Museum in London and his depth and wide range of expertise on the subjects of archaeology, human evolution, genetics, anthropology and even climate science fill every page.