- Hardcover: 319 pages
- Publisher: Allen Lane; 1st edition (5 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713997958
- ISBN-13: 978-0713997958
- Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.6 x 25.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
HOMO BRITANNICUS: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain Hardcover – 5 Oct 2006
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'A superlative achievement. HOMO BRITANNICUS is pure stimulation
from beginning to end.' -- Bill Bryson
'Essential reading for all those interested in human history - or,
indeed, in the story of the British landscape.' -- Richard Fortey
'This important and eminently readable book pulls together all the
best scientific work on the first humans to inhabit Britain.' -- Tony Robinson
This is a fantastically accessible science book laced with mystery
and intrigue.If you read one book this year,make it this.
-- Sally Palmer, Focus Magazine December 2006
This is a beautiful book on a fascinating subject, written by the
world authority. What more could one ask? -- Richard Dawkins
About the Author
Chris Stringer is Britain's foremost expert on human origins and works in the Department of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum. He 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 and The Complete World of Human Evolution.
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Top Customer Reviews
Stringer explains how Britain was subjected to several "invasions" long before the Roman political martyr was glorified, then assassinated. These invasions weren't for booty or slaves, but for dinner. Changes in climate resulted in changes in sea level, with Britain forming a peninsula of Europe many times over the millennia. Another result of climate led to large parts of that peninsula being sheathed in ice, rendering it uninhabitable ' to human or other invaders. They made it, finally, with the first human artefacts being dated at 700 000 years ago. They weren't dining on mutton, however. It was deer, rabbits, and astonishingly, hippopotamus. The image Stringer offers of hippos crossing the Mediterranean and swimming along the Atlantic littoral to reach what is now Suffolk, isn't one easily dismissed from memory.Read more ›
On the whole, a very worthwhile book and excellent introduction to a fascinating subject that whets the appetite for more.
The book combines achaeological evidence, with Chris's own experiences as Britains foremost authority on human evolution, and makes compelling reading, for anyone interested in the history of the British Isles.
I thouroughly recomend Homo Britannicus as a more discerning Christmas present this year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished 2 months ago by George Holderness
I have only read a few chapters but it is fascinating and so well written!Published 7 months ago by Caroline Carr
Absolutely fascinating stuff- so much information from a whole team of experts' research conveyed in a way that the non expert can access.Published 11 months ago by P Green
Excellent explanation for the layman (or woman!) of how we got here. It takes some concentration but it's well worth the effort and should be a compulsory read for intelligent... Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Kew
I have a huge interest in the evolutionary trip out of Africa but wanted to look more into evolution in the UK. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Claire
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