: 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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Good quality colour photographs of the artefacts also help this book come alive, as do the various black and white maps that pinpoint key fossil sites. My initial thoughts upon completing this book were that it was too britanbicus and over all too quickly.

Stringer discusses climate, flora, fauna, and archaeological work, but I was hoping for more on the actual people. Ignoring that hiccup, this book is fabulously transportive.

I loved the mos That was quiet a journey, despite how short it was. Professor Chris Stringer, the author of the book and the UK’s foremost expert on human origins at the Natural History Museum in London found the mistake “amusing”.

As a long time member of Greenpeace I also found the final chapter ‘Our Challenging Climates’ to be fully in tune with my own opinions of what may well lie ahead in the human story in the very near future. Surprisingly, it was a reminder about the importance of the issue of climate change too.

Review: Robin McKie on Homo Britannicus | Planet Earth | One in Three | Books | The Guardian

It is brilliantly done. I feel it would have served this book better to have had this climate change chapter as an ‘Afterword’.


The disappearance of the Neanderthals is a crucial point, it should be noted, for as Chris Stringer makes clear in Homo Britannicusa first-class, vivid account of the evolution of ‘British Man’, the occupation of the British Isles has been characterised not by a steady influx of settlers and prehistoric asylum seekers, but by sporadic visits, temporary occupations and long absences. There are several named sites in here for my AS Archaeology class, I just wish Chris Stringer had developed these a little more, but overall I really enjoyed this, fascinating stuff and it confirmed that this is an area in which I am interested.

But I expected more. Fascinating insights particularly with respect to the land bridge. Elephants, hippos and hyaenas may have been regular features of the landscape over the pastyears but humans certainly were not. After a superb analysis of the role of climate change in human evolution, Chris Stringer ends his book with an emotional appeal to preserve our future, threatened by global warming today, not tomorrow.

I found it interesting to read about the tools found and what this might tell researchers about human cultures at the time, also the time-scales involved are mind-blowing!

Cold comfort for Earth

The forced shift homoo is taken here highlights a blatant attempt on the authors behalf to jump onto the cl I am sorely disappointed in this book, particularly with the author. An excellent account of early life in Britain which we now know goes backyears. A final chapter focuses on current concerns about climate change and seems artificially tacked on to the book.

Preview — Homo Britannicus by Chris Stringer. This vast stretch of time reveals a startlingly different Britain – one whose climate lurched from ice age to subtropical, and whose inhabitants britanniccus go from hunting reindeer and mammoth to living alongside hippos and elephants.


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Essentially the book describes various sites and what was found there which have enabled construction of a prehistoric timeframe for human occupation in Europe. More from the web.

They had been made by Neanderthals, an ancient species of humans that had once occupied these shores but who disappeared from the face of the Earth 30, years ago. That was quiet a journey, despite how short it was. Homo Britannicus by Chris Stringer. Finally, britanmicus words of praise for Adam Wishart’s One in Three.

For those who still buy into the religious-based myth that mankind indeed the earth itself is a mere 6, years old, Stringer details the numerous dating methods and spells out just how we know what we know. British Archaeology magazine editor, Mike Pitts, said: Easily read, well set out and clear, this book tells us the latest information and theory regarding the several occupations of the British Isles.

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

However, the final 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’. This isyears earlier than previously thought. Human ancestors in Africa turned to be carnivory about two m.