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Homo Britannicus nominated for Aventis Prize

29 April 2007

Homo Britannicus , a book telling the fascinating story of how ancient humans occupied the British Isles, is shortlisted for the Royal Society's Aventis Prize for Science Books.

Homo britannicus book by Chris Stringer tells the complete history of human occupation in Britain.

Homo britannicus book by Chris Stringer tells the complete history of human occupation in Britain.

Author, Chris Stringer, is the Natural History Museum's expert on human evolution. Chris reveals ancient human's dramatic battle for survival, sometimes living alongside hippos and sabre tooth cats.

The latest evidence and scientific techniques are explored in the book resulting in a gripping detective story.

Chris leads the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project, and its discoveries have stunned the world, such as putting the earliest date of human arrival to an incredible 700,000 years ago.

The Royal Society Prizes for Science Books celebrates the very best in popular science books and has become one of the UK's most prestigious non-fiction literary prizes.

The other five books to be shortlisted are:
  • In Search of Memory  by Eric R. Kandel,
  • Lonesome George  by Henry Nicholls
  • One in Three  by Adam Wishart
  • Stumbling on Happiness  by Daniel Gilbert
  • The Rough Guide to Climate Change by Robert Henson

The winner is announced on 15 May 2007 .