• Cro-Magnon

  • How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans
  • By: Brian Fagan
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-02-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 3.7 (488 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Brian Fagan brings early humans out of the deep freeze with his trademark mix of erudition, cutting-edge science, and vivid storytelling.
Cro-Magnon reveals human society in its infancy, facing enormous environmental challenges - including a rival species of humans, the Neanderthals. For ten millennia, Cro-Magnons lived side by side with Neanderthals, an encounter that Fagan fills with drama. Using their superior intellects and tools, these ingenious problem solvers survived harsh conditions that eventually extinguished their Neanderthal cousins.
Cro-Magnon captures the indomitable adaptability that has made Homo sapiens an unmatched success as a species. Living on a frozen continent with only the most basic tools, Ice Age humans survived and thrived.
©2010 Brian Fagan (P)2010 Tantor
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By Paul on 08-12-10

Fact and fiction

An interesting introduction to our current state of knowledge of our distant ancestors. However, don't expect only a discussion of facts drawn from recent archaeological studies. The author adds colour to the text by speculating well beyond what we know in the areas of social structure and human/neanderthal coexistence. Sometimes this is enjoyable, sometimes it taxes credulity.

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By Joshua on 08-04-10

Skipping to Part II

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought Part I was too speculative and almost comically repetitive. I'm skipping to Part II now, and thank the reviewer who suggested that. I'll update my review after I'm done.

But my gosh, hearing the reader go on about the "intricate dance of two cultures" and the "silent Neanderthal man staring at his more intelligent neighbor," over and over and over again reminded me of my time as an English major when I'd spin big papers out of a few facts/ideas that really deserved about 15 percent of the space they actually got.

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By Robert James Lamb on 02-25-16

A good general public book.

Too much imaginative speculation, too little hard evidence. A good story but not an academic book.

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By Russ Varley on 04-07-13

Human prehistory brought to life

This book is a highly engaging exploration of how anatomically modern humans pushed out the Neanderthals using surprisingly small technological advances. The parts of the story which are related as a story of a meeting or hunting trip jar a little a thte beginning but they do add to the book greatly and, at their best, can really bring to life this era of human development.



If you have read Chris Stringer's "Homo Britannicus" the this is a must because it updates that story with new information.

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