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Are you part Neanderthal?

Steven Mithen: Early Humans, 1 December 2011

Origin of Our Species 
by Chris Stringer.
Allen Lane, 333 pp., £20, June 2011, 978 1 84614 140 9
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... Lucky Chris Stringer, to have spent the last forty years immersed in new discoveries about the origin of our species. I don’t suppose that when he began his PhD research in 1970, setting off on a tour around the museums of Europe to measure as many skulls as he could get his hands on, he imagined that today he would need to be as conversant with mutations on the Y chromosome as he is with the shape of the pubic ramus (part of the pelvis ...
African Exodus: The Origins of Modern Humanity 
by Chris Stringer and Robin McKie.
Cape, 267 pp., £18.99, March 1996, 0 224 03771 4
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Humans before Humanity 
by Robert Foley.
Blackwell, 238 pp., £25, December 1995, 0 631 17087 1
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The Day before Yesterday: Five Million Years of Human History 
by Colin Tudge.
Cape, 390 pp., £18.99, January 1996, 0 224 03772 2
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The Wisdom of Bones: In Search of Human Origins 
by Alan Walker and Pat Shipman.
Weidenfeld, 270 pp., £18.99, April 1996, 0 297 81670 5
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The Neanderthal Enigma: Solving the Mystery of Modern Human Origins 
by James Shreeve.
Viking, 369 pp., £20, May 1996, 0 670 86638 5
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... the case among humans speaks against multiregionalism, but in favour of a recent common ancestry. Chris Stringer of the National History Museum in London is the best-known exponent of the Noah’s Ark idea, which he argues for in African Exodus. The two competing views are thrown into sharp contrast by what happened in Europe, where modern humans ...


Neal Ascherson: Scotophobia, 5 April 2007

... diverse? Or, to put it another way, is there such a thing as Homo Britannicus? The palaeontologist Chris Stringer has just written a book entitled Homo Britannicus. In it he writes not about recent history, but about the repeated failure of human groups to establish a permanent settlement in what was to become the British Isles until the end of the ...

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John Lanchester: The Art of Financial Disaster, 15 December 2011

... a senator from 2001 to 2006, and then governor from 2006 to 2010, when he lost to the Republican Chris Christie. Then, having gone from money into politics, Corzine went back into money, becoming CEO of a derivatives broker called MF Global with the avowed intention of turning the firm into a rival of Goldman. Many have tried to rival Goldman. The story ...

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