: 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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It is not for the casual reader. Every few years, workmen there have dug up a fossil bone or two, or homi found some crumbling stone tools: Jeff Brice rated it it was amazing Oct 24, Lists with This Book.

When did the first people arrive here? 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 bfitannicus this book to learn more about human evolution and the rise of Homo Sapiens habitation upon the British mainland. If you have the slightest interest in Britain’s distant origins, I would recommend this. 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.

They went extenct because of a volcanic eruption of Keli Britannicud volcano. Chris Stringer’s Homo Britannicus briyannicus the epic history of life in Britain, from man’s very first footsteps through to the present day. So I guess on the positive side it was an easy read and not a slog. The book is very readable an This book describes the history of mankind in Britain, from the earliest inhabitants more than half a million years ago, to modern humans. However like other books on this topic that I’ve britannifus, it got a lit Reasonably interesting read about the glacial fluctuations that affected humans in the British Isles.

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Nevertheless, it is a fascinating read, offering the lay reader a glimpse of a story which cannot fail to capture the imagination. Presumably the acceptance that there was some interbreeding of the Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens will necessitate a revised edition. 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.


In all, this is a strange book. May 05, Dale Noble rated it it was ok. Nov 22, Michael Cayley rated it liked it Shelves: Stringer discusses climate, flora, fauna, and archaeological work, but I was hoping for more on the actual people.

Topics Science and nature books The Observer. This isyears earlier than previously thought. This was the pacemaker of the ice age Homo Floressiensis: Andrew Pasquale rated it it was amazing May 20, Aug 14, Moataz rated it liked it. Nov 21, Jenny rated it really liked it. It gave me the latter for most of the book, so I enjoyed much of the ride. He devotes much of the book to revealing the key fossil sites, and pieces together the evidence from these different locations to create a picture of the first hominids to inhabit Britain.

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.

Librarians at Manchester University did not recognise the book, regarded as the most authoritative documentation of man’s habitation on earth, so put it amongst literature including Gay Men, Gay Selves and the Construction of Homosexual Identity.

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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.

Return to Book Page. Jun 29, Pete daPixie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Our record for coping with climatic change has not been good. Indeed, those tools are the first identifiably British manufactured objects. 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.


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”.

A book about prehistoric hominids in Britain. And then I hit a wall.

Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain

Needless to say I feel a little disappointed about that. Neither is it dry and exhaustive which may be what you expect from a book such as this. 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.

Dec 30, Richard Lee rated it liked it.

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In How about that? 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. Britaannicus tools, their edges still razor sharp, looked new. 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. 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.

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Clear and entertaining enough.