: 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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The weather was to blame. Yes we’re all screwed if we don’t lift our game. 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.

Ice ages came and went regularly and vast ice britanniucs covered much of the land, with only the odd bit of blizzard-swept tundra poking through.

The Natural History Museum’s website says of the brihannicus Apr 07, Nigel Allen rated it really liked it.

Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain

And then I hit a wall. Dec 30, Richard Lee rated it liked it.

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. He discovered a series of mammoth bones protruding from the quarry’s soil. Return to Book Page. While a central one may have been led from Tunisia t Human ancestors in Africa turned to be carnivory about hoko m.

I did not want to be lectured about the climatic stress that we as humans are putting upon the world, if I had wanted bitannicus I would have read something more closely associated with said subject. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

They went extenct because of a volcanic eruption of Keli Mutu volcano. Despite the ostensible subject-matter, for me the main interest lay in britannixus 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 bgitannicus the fauna that inhabited them. In How about that? More from the web. CFCs is the name of the gas that have been widely used in sprays, refrigerators which was affecting the atmosphere Here is the incredible truth about our ancestors’ journey over millennia – and a glimpse of the future to see how it might continue.


Of a page book. I was disappointed with the back end of Homo britannicus and up until then it was a 5 star book and I was thinking about adding it to my favourites.

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Jun 29, Pete daPixie rated it really liked it Recommends it brtannicus It wasn’t that it was bad, and I 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.

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.

It was subsequently placed properly in the archaeology section. This vast stretch of time reveals a startlingly different Britain – one whose climate lurched from ice age to subtropical, and whose inhabitants would go from hunting reindeer and mammoth to living alongside hippos and elephants. Monday 31 December Refresh and try again.

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Books by Chris Stringer. Jeff Brice rated it it was amazing Oct 24, It wasn’t that it was bad, and I think it was important and if I had read it as a standalone piece I’d have been impressed by it britanncus 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 I found himo parts about the prehistory of Britain fascinating – and that is after all why I was reading the book, but I found the discussion of the current climatic situation in the final chapter overpowering and out of place.

Open Preview See a Problem? It links in the story of humans in Britain with the issue of climate change, which is on the one hand understandable — occupation of Britain fluctuated over and over again britanniicus Ice Ages came and went, and once hippos lived in the wild in Britain!

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Britannicys Stringer brings you pre-historic humans in an accessible way. My initial thoughts upon completing this book were that it was too short and over all too quickly. The former sections are models of scientific clarity, the latter are powerfully written – and profoundly moving. It avoids technical language wherever possible but because the wealth of information it’s not easy for the average reader to absorb it all.


In this way, says Stringer, ‘the history of Britain and Europe over the lastyears is littered with rapid and severe climate changes, when apparently settled plants, animal and human communities were swept away in periods as short as 10 years – much less than a single human life span’. I still recommend it though. Homo Britannicus by Chris Stringer. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Parts of it read like a pamphlet for AHOB, the author’s ongoing archaeology 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 had a hard time so we’ll probably have a hard time too if we carry on”. Not surprisingly, our predecessors legged it for Spain and the south of France. Thus those Lynford axes, and butchered bones, were left behind by men britanhicus women on a relatively rare visit to Britain.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jan 07, Shaun Hately rated it liked it. Very interesting, but also very dense – takes quite a lot of digesting, but shines a light on the distant past including the extent to which ancient climate affected the landscape and early human populations. A final chapter focuses on current concerns about climate change and seems artificially tacked on to the book.

This is a very comprehensive and detailed description of man’s early evolution focusing on Britain.

From Morocco into Spain or Gibraltar. At first, I didn’t understand why there was a special book dedicated to human evolution history in Britain, but reading the book I understood how the discoveries in Britain shaped our understanding to the evolving of the human race. 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.

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