Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in


Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain Chris Stringer s Homo Britannicus is the epic history of 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 times so cold we hunted reindeer and mammoth, and to others even colder when we were forced to flee a wall of ice Here is the incredible truth about our ancestors journey over millennia and a glimpse of the future to see how it might continue A beautiful book on a fascinating subject, written by a world authority Richard Dawkins Superlative Pure stimulation from beginning to end Bill Bryson Every chapter contains something new, and throws up a fresh location that deserves to become famous Sunday Times This important and eminently readable book pulls together all the best scientific work on the first humans to inhabit Britain Tony Robinson Chris Stringer is Britain s foremost expert on human origins and works in the Department of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum 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 The Origins of Modern Humanity, The Complete World of Human Evolution and most recently, Homo Britannicus, which was shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book of the Year in

  • Hardcover
  • Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain
  • Chris Stringer
  • 06 November 2017
  • 0141018135

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15 thoughts on “Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain

  1. Uncle Barbar Uncle Barbar says:

    What there was about ancient man in Britain was excellent It is a shame that from page 160 onward we were given Stringers views on Climate change focused on today and the future rather than in the past and a short biog of each of his AHOB team Now don t get me wrong, the impact of Climate change on today s environment and that of the future is incredibly important but I was led to believe this was a book on Ancient Britons and 80 pages of this book failed to further this debate I would have given 4 or 5 stars for the first 160 pages and 1 or 2 for the rest.

  2. Iset Iset says:

    My initial thoughts upon completing this book were that 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 There s a prologue in which Stringer summarises the book s aims, an introduction in which he details the work of early antiquarians, a final chapter in which Stringer talks about climate change over the entirety of human history and going into the future, and a final section in which all of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain members talk about what they do So only pages 35 to 159 actually discuss early human occupation in Britain Of a 242 page book That s only 124 pages on the book s actual subject, strictly speaking Needless to say I feel a little disappointed about that I was hoping for a really thorough read about Neanderthals, homo erectus, and homo sapiens in Britain in the stone age It d be okay if all of these add ons were small additions to a much larger, meatier main text, but the main text is so short Stringer discusses climate, flora, fauna, and archaeological work, but I was hoping for on the actual people What Stringer does write is clear, accessible, and lucid, and does provide a focus on specifically British material, and one can hardly sniff at Stringer s extensive professional credentials I just wish there had been of it.

  3. Claire Claire says:

    I have a huge interest in the evolutionary trip out of Africa but wanted to look into evolution in the UK Chris Stringer really knows his stuff and the book is very easy reading for the layman I have read simular books written by celebrity presenters, but when you read Chris s it is obvious he has a long background in evolution no pun intended and you get facts rather than the well, maybe s you get from the celebrity presenters Not only does the book explain about mankind but also about the wax and wains of the iceages Great book accompanied with interesting pictures

  4. Dave C Dave C says:

    This is an excellent book, and well worth the read To me it is an original subject area some subjects are over represented on the Popular Science bookshelf, this was the first book that I had seen on this subject.4 stars, because I found the structure of the book rather confusing I rarely knew the focus of the chapter that I was reading Is the book organised by theme or chronologically Some topics seemed to arise again and again, spread across many chapters, but would have been better together I m not saying that I could organise the book better maybe restructuring so that prehistoric technologies, modern dating technologies, migrations, DNA, sea levels, fauna, fossil evidence, etc are treated comprehensively would render other aspects of the book less coherent.The author has a lot of information to share, and has concentrated on squeezing factual information into the text at the expense of narration, portraits or suspense However, the book is quite short, so there was plenty of room to add some literary style 160 pages if you ignore the last chapter on climate change which is in the wrong book, and the short biographies of the author s colleagues.A very informative book, that I would definitely recommend The issues I have highlighted are probably because the author is a full time scientist and part time author, not vice verse Unlike some full time science writers, the author is careful to emphasise the limits of knowledge, areas of uncertainty and to avoid colourful speculation For the same reason, the author has a extensive knowledge of the subject than a populist writer could attain.

  5. Nicolas Milne Nicolas Milne says:

    This is a highly readable and compact guide to the development of human life in Britain Very well arranged and elegant in style giving a good understanding of the phases and the links with mainland Europe,of which Britain was once part Stringer s treatment of the way climate dictated life is particularly good I enjoyed it as an archaeologist but the seamless and clear way that the wider aspects of science are dealt with left me much better informed The only reason that I did not award five stars is not to do with the text but because it is a short book the main theme of which ends on page 159 to be followed by a chapter on global warming followed by a lengthy biographical appendix about his team I would have liked examples Please don t let this put you off buying it.

  6. George Holderness George Holderness says:

    A fascinating account of how Homo lived in Britain through the millennia Highly recommende I bought the original bound edition because you really canot read all the pics and charts on Kindle Sorry

  7. avengersinfinitywarfullmovie.de Customer avengersinfinitywarfullmovie.de Customer says:

    Now this was a book that I have been waiting for It gives a well documented description of how both animals and human beings settled in this country throughout the ages Written by an author who has been closely involved in the various excavations and research who obviously is a leading expert in this area of study.

  8. Linda C Linda C says:

    Interesting and informative only 4 stars as it padded out not a lot

  9. Dr. Frank Dr. Frank says:

    Homo britannicus means Man, the conqueror of Britain, a titel unsubstantiated by the text The author has cobbled together such scraps from the Stone Age as exist and added suppositions to create a narrative Is it worth the money Perhaps Perhaps not.

  10. M. Henry Shepherd M. Henry Shepherd says:

    A most interesting book, and a very good read I will be looking for books by this very good author.

  11. Denise Phelps Denise Phelps says:

    This is a really interesting and stimulating book, but the Kindle edition has a really annoying limitation it s impossible to read the graphs and figures without a powerful magnifying glass This has happened to me before with a scientific book on Kindle the graphs and figures are there, but they re so small it s impossible to read them, and the function for increasing the size of the text doesn t work on illustrations I should mention that I have no problems with eyesight.So I would warn anyone against buying this book in the Kindle edition unless they re not interested in the graphics which seem to contain interesting information I certainly won t be buying any serious books on Kindle until I hear that publishers are taking care with how they include the illustrations.

  12. peever peever says:

    Great book for those who love history and anthropology

  13. Ted Frederick Ted Frederick says:

    Well done

  14. Brian Koontz Brian Koontz says:

    This is an excellent book It will be a permanent part of my library.

  15. wooga wooga says:

    Fascinating and very well written The team that did the work Ancient Human Occupation of Britain is to be commended for their meticulous documentation, and their advancement of knowledge about humans in Great Britain.

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