: 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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A principal focus for his attention has been a quarry, still used for the extraction of gravel, near the village of Lynford.

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The author is more a researcher than a writer. The tools, their edges still razor sharp, looked new. It was subsequently placed properly in the archaeology section. What we risk destroying through our continued pumping of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, in addition to our many other environmental crimes, is revealed in Planet Earththe book of the David Attenborough series that recently britannicuss its glorious run on BBC TV.

There are interesting tidbits here and there but the book didn’t give me any more info on homo heidelbergensis, neanderthalensis, archaic sapiens etc. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating read, offering the lay reader a glimpse of a story which cannot fail to capture the imagination. But it is not what I expected from this book.

This was the pacemaker of the ice age Homo Floressiensis: The librarians were unaware of their mistake until it was pointed out by students. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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. Surprisingly, it was a reminder about the importance of the issue of climate change too. Jun 03, Nikki rated it liked it Shelves: So only pages 35 to actually discuss early human occupation in Britain. Notwithstanding this, it is a scholarly book essential to an understanding of the emergence of man in the Islands.


They went extenct because of a volcanic eruption of Keli Mutu volcano. Fascinating insights particularly with respect to the land bridge. Jun 29, Pete daPixie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Other fossil experts moved in to help briatnnicus a treasure trove of Palaeolithic wonders was revealed: This book describes the history of mankind vritannicus Britain, from the earliest inhabitants more than half a million years ago, to modern humans.

But I expected more. Jul 06, Iset rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 brutannicus global warming today, not tomorrow.

Here is the incredible truth about our ancestors’ journey over millennia – and a glimpse of the future to see how it might continue. Stringer takes the reader along a fascinating road of discovery that has provided our current understanding. Parts of it read like a pamphlet for AHOB, the author’s ongoing archaeology project, and the britanicus 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 had a hard time so we’ll probably have a hard time too if we carry on”.

It’s all very confusing but I suspect Manchester [University] will be very embarrassed. Chris describes how fossil and archaeological evidence from the Pakefield site in Lowestoft, Britanjicus, helped him and his team of scientists rewrite the date for the earliest human occupation toyears ago.

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. 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.


It is not for the brltannicus reader. The book explains the archaeological evidence found so far and how that fits with 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. Not surprisingly, our predecessors legged it for Spain and the south of France.

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In all, this is a strange book. I loved the mos That was quiet a journey, despite how short it was. 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.

In How about that? Aug 22, John Murray rated it it was amazing. 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.

His previous books include African Exodus: CFCs is the name of the gas that have been widely used in sprays, refrigerators which was affecting the atmosphere Which gave a birth to Homo floressiensis in S. If you have the slightest interest in Britain’s distant origins, I would recommend this.

Finally, some words of praise for Adam Wishart’s One in Three.