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Cro-Magnon by Brian M. Fagan
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Aug 04, 2010

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A very interesting read. Fagan takes what would normally be a dry and tedious examnation of Early Modern Humans, their enivronment and culture and makes it a living, breathing history. Fagan brings the landscape of Europe of 100 000 to 15 000 years ago alive with anecdotes and vignettes of what life must have been like for our Cro-Magnon ancestors.

A wealth of detail about the habits, prey, tools and societies of Ice Age man does not overwhelm the essential narative Fagan presents. He traces the hardships of life in the last Glacial Maximum and how man adapted his way of life and his tools to survive. The careful reader will also take away a subtle warning of how the enivronment, and most especially climate change, can radically effect humanity.

A great read for anyone interested in the origins of modern humans, pre-history and anthropology. Accessable by the lay reader, requiring only the most basic understanding of anthropology and pre-history.

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