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“[A] fascinating account…Fagan’s narratives of cave-painting and hunting – among other anecdotes – really bring this history-laden book to life.”—Green Life blog, Sierra Magazine
"Archaeology contributing editor Brian Fagan provides readers with intimate accounts of what he imagines Ice Age life was like for both the vanishing Neanderthals and the invading Homo sapiens who developed the basis of modern culture. He lauds the ‘endless ingenuity and adaptability’ of ordinary men and women living in bitterly cold Paleolithic Europe. ‘My DNA tells me that, genetically, I’m one of them,’ Fagan concludes, ‘and I’m proud of it.’”—Archaeology (Editors’ Pick)
“Fagan provides readers with a fascinating discussion of the lifestyle of Neanderthals and early modern humans… In bringing these ancient human societies to life, Fagan combines an engaging narrative style with a well-written and easily understood scholarly discussion…an excellent resource.”—National Speleological Society newsletter
“Highly entertaining and instructive…[Fagan] does an admirable job in bringing vividly to life the Europe of between eighty and ten thousand years ago… Fagan's book has been overtaken by the onward progress of his science—this happens to lots of such books—and there are aspects of his case that invite debate. But it is an admirable book nevertheless; the re-imagining of the past is entertainingly done, and a great deal of science, especially climate science, is accessibly introduced on the way.” – Barnes & Noble Review
I am stunned that this book was written by an anthropology professor. It reads as if written by an amateur with more imagination than writing prowess or specific knowledge. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Cynthia C.C.
Boring. Not what I was looking for. Only read the first 50 pages, then tossed it.Published 27 days ago by SW Miller
My apologies to Amazon but my library has a good selection of books on evolution, so paying $10 for this is prohibitive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by critical mess
I enjoyed Cro-Magnon – How the Ice Age Gave Birth to First Modern Humans, it was informative and easy to read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jim Shockley
Mr. Fagan has good credentials in archaeology and has produced a well written and factual book on the Cro Magnon culture and history. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Don Leedy
This is really fascinating, about the transition into modern humanity. That whole stone age period as taught in school is more fantasy than real. I enjoyed this greatly.Published 3 months ago by Jason Jordan