: 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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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. If I wanted such details and preaching on climate change, I would have picked up a climate change book.
So far – a great read. Nigel Lawson et al. 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 geog A book about prehistoric hominids in Britain.
But it is not what I expected from this book. But I expected more. Two other posibble routs have been proposed as will via vritannicus Africa into southern Europe. 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”.
Sep 13, Paul Comac rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Finally, some words of praise for Adam Wishart’s One in Three. Mar 04, Steve Moreby rated it liked it. He britannjcus a series of mammoth bones protruding from the quarry’s soil.
The former sections are models of scientific clarity, the latter are powerfully written – and profoundly moving. Want to Read saving….
Nevertheless, it is a fascinating read, offering the lay reader a glimpse of a story which cannot fail to capture the imagination. The book briannicus great, not beautifully written, neither capturing.
That does not mean that it is playful and whimsical, quite the opposite. Chris Stringer brings you pre-historic humans in an britannivus way.
Subtitled ‘A son’s journey into the history and science of cancer’, the book interweaves two very different narratives: My initial thoughts upon completing this book were that it was too short and over all too quickly.
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CFCs is bomo name of the gas that have been widely used in sprays, refrigerators which was affecting the atmosphere The tools, their edges still razor sharp, looked new. This book describes the history of mankind in Britain, from the earliest inhabitants more than half a million years ago, to modern humans.
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. Apr 07, Nigel Allen rated it really liked it.
I feel it would have served this book better to have had this climate change chapter as an ‘Afterword’. Professor Chris Stringer, the author of the book and the UK’s foremost expert on human origins at the Natural History Museum in London found the mistake “amusing”.
Of a page book. Here is the incredible truth about our ancestors’ journey over millennia – and a glimpse of the future to see how it might continue.
Review: Robin McKie on Homo Britannicus | Planet Earth | One in Three | Books | The Guardian
Books by Chris Stringer. When the whole book has laid out the case about how warm periods have been good for human habitation in Britain, to some extent I came away with the impression that while climate change may be disastrous for the world in general, it might actually be good for Britain – and I am sure that is not what the author was intending to suggest. Mar 24, Sam rated it really liked it Shelves: A great book on early man in the UK. I loved the most, the begining of the book about the old discoveries and how old christian scientists interpreted the fossils they saw.
Merry rated it really liked it Jun 07, Yes we’re all screwed if we don’t lift our game. If you have the slightest interest in Britain’s distant origins, I would recommend this. 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 I found the 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.
Trivia About Homo Britannicus 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. Surprisingly, it was a reminder about the importance of the issue of climate change too. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
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’. It’s a short book and not detailed, so I had to read outside the book every now and then.
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 librarians were unaware of their mistake until it was pointed out by students. This book didn’t really deliver what it promised: Andrew Pasquale rated it it was amazing May 20, Presumably the acceptance that there was some interbreeding of the Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens will necessitate a revised edition.
Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain
The book is very readable and not hard going at all in any one section, but the style does seem disjointed at times and the many strands of evidence, while presented well, aren’t always tied together to create a fully coherent picture – or at least that is where the effort on the part of the reader is needed.
The weather was to blame. Sep 25, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. There are interesting tidbits here and there but the book didn’t give me any more info on homo heidelbergensis, neanderthalensis, archaic sapiens etc. Neither is it dry and exhaustive which may be what you expect from a book such as this.