Stringer wins Kistler Book Award

13 March 2008

Britain's foremost expert on human origins and palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum, Chris Stringer, has won the Kistler Book Award for 2008.

The award is given by the Foundation For the Future and recognises authors of science-based books that significantly increase public knowledge and understanding of the subjects that will shape the future of the human species.

Chris is being honoured for his 2006 book Homo britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain that reveals the dramatic battle for survival ancient Britons had, hundreds of thousands of years ago, as climate change brought huge changes in the environment.

As Director of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB) project, Chris has contributed to discoveries including the setting of the date for when humans first arrived in what is now Britain to at least 200,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Britain has had some of the most extreme changes of environment, plants and animals in recent Earth history, and the AHOB studies allow scientists to look at how ancient people coped with climate change, something that becomes more relevant day by day.

Dr Stringer is the sixth recipient of the award, which was established in 2003. He will be presented with the award by Walter Kistler in Seattle, USA, today.