: 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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Homo Britannicus by Chris Stringer. Chris Stringer’s Homo Britannicus is the epic history britwnnicus life in Britain, from man’s very first footsteps through to the present day. When did the first people arrive here? What did they look like? How did they survive? Who were the Neanderthals? Chris Stringer takes us back to when it was so tropical we lived here alongside hippos, elephants and sabre-toothed tigers or to t Chris Stringer’s Homo Britannicus is the epic history of life in Britain, from man’s very first uomo through to the present day.
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.
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Here is the incredible truth about our ancestors’ journey over millennia – and a glimpse of the future to see how it might continue. He also currently directs the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project, aimed at reconstructing the first detailed history of how and when Britain was occupied by early humans.
His previous books include African Exodus: Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Homo Britannicusplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 03, Nikki rated it liked it Shelves: 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 as Ice Ages came and went, and once hippos lived in the wild in Britain!
It is brilliantly done. Chris Stringer brings you pre-historic humans in an accessible way. That does not mean that it is playful and whimsical, quite the opposite.
Neither is it dry and exhaustive which may be what you expect from a book such as this. I relished this book all the way through. Didn’t want it to end. And then I hit a wall. A far too long chapter preaching about There is a reason that this book was shortlisted in for the Royal Society Prizes for Science Non Fiction. A far too long chapter preaching about climate change. Yes we’re all screwed if we don’t lift our game.
But it is not what I expected from this book. It went from fascinating archaeological finds in caves with suspect clay roofs to, here’s the ways we can stop climate change and if we don’t do this by this time, here’s what is going to happen, and here’s what some countries are doing to stop it and will it be too late.
If I wanted such details and preaching on climate change, I would have picked up a climate change book. I wanted prehistoric finds and archaeology. It gave me the latter for most of the book, so I enjoyed much of the ride.
I feel it would have served this book better to have had this climate change chapter as an ‘Afterword’. A read it if you want type Afterword, a closing comment. 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. I still recommend it though. Ignoring that hiccup, this book is fabulously transportive.
Jun 29, Pete daPixie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Nigel Lawson et al. 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.
Stringer takes the reader along a fascinating road of discovery that has provided our current unde Excellent read this! Stringer takes the reader along a fascinating road of discovery that has provided our current understanding. From the fog of biblical timescales and geological ignorance through the rapid acceleration of archaeological finds with modern scientific analysis.
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.
Sep 25, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: In Homo Britannicus, Stringer explores the very early britannkcus occupation of Britain, from the first evidence of hominid activity someyears ago to the arrival of modern humans about 12, years ago.
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. For those of us more accustomed to red squirrels and “spits and In Homo Britannicus, Stringer explores the very early human occupation of Britain, from the first evidence of hominid activity someyears ago to the arrival of modern humans about 12, years ago.
For those homoo 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. Stringer begins by examining the topic of fossils generally, chronicling the shift from Biblical explanations to scientific ones. 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.
He devotes much of the book to revealing the key fossil sites, and pieces together the evidence from these different britznnicus to create a picture of the first hominids to inhabit Britain. Elegantly written, the text is not overly-technical, and it’s britannkcus that Chris displays an open mind throughout, taking an honest and measured approach to conflicting evidence and uncertainty – the sign of a true scientist.
Good quality colour photographs of the artefacts also help this book come alive, as do the brigannicus black and white maps that pinpoint key fossil sites. If you have the slightest interest in Britain’s distant origins, I would recommend this. Jul 06, Iset rated homi really liked it Shelves: My initial britannicu upon completing this book were britannocus it was too short and over all too quickly. So I guess on the positive side it was an easy read and not a slog. But I expected more.
So only pages 35 to actually discuss early human occupation in Britain.
Of a page book. Needless to say I feel a little disappointed about that.
Cold comfort for Earth
I was hoping for a really thorough read about Neanderthals, homo erectus, and homo sapiens in Britain in the Stone Age. Stringer discusses climate, flora, fauna, and archaeological work, but I brtannicus hoping for more on the actual people. Feb 11, Paul rated it it was ok Shelves: This book didn’t really deliver what it promised: There are lots of references to dig sites around Britain gets confusing after a while – did Boxgrove man come before Swanscombe man or vice versa?
There are interesting tidbits here and there but the book didn’t give me any more info on homo heidelbergensis, neanderthalensis, archaic sapiens etc. In all, this is a strange book. 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 hom do with the britannkcus who lived in Britain fromyears ohmo other than the implication ohmo “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 seems like Stringer is far more passionate about climate than britannifus the human past, and as a result he doesn’t really try to understand ancient humans. Jun 18, Marcus rated it liked it. Reasonably interesting read about the glacial fluctuations that affected humans in the British Isles.
Essentially the book describes various sites and what was found there which have enabled construction of a prehistoric timeframe for human occupation in Europe. 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! However like other books on this topic that I’ve read, it got a lit Reasonably interesting read about the glacial fluctuations that affected humans in the British Isles.
However like other books on this topic that I’ve read, it got a little dry, and a speculative last chapter on climate change also felt a bit out of place, i. May 05, Dale Noble rated it it was ok.
I am sorely disappointed in this book, particularly with the author. For the bomo part, this is an informative guide to the history of human habitation of the British mainland which I would have brigannicus recommended.
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’.
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The forced shift that 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. 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 britabnicus this book.
I read this book to learn more about human evolution and the rise of Homo Sapiens habitation upon the British mainland. I did not want to be lectured about the climatic stress that we as humans are putting upon the world, if I had wanted that I would have read something more closely associated with said subject.
As I said, this turn sorely disappointed me and ruined an otherwise good read hence why I gave it such a low rating. Without the problematic chapter, this book would have easily received a four star rating, as it is shame on the author for cashing in on a subject that had no place in this book. Human ancestors in Africa turned to be carnivory about two m. Two other posibble routs have been proposed as will via north Africa into southern Europe. From Morocco into Spain or Gibraltar.
While a central one may have been led from Tunisia t Human ancestors in Africa turned to be carnivory about two m. While a central one may have been led from Tunisia to Italy via Sicily.