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Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans von [Fagan, Brian]
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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


Cro-Magnons were the first fully modern Europeans-not only the creators of the stunning cave paintings at Lascaux and elsewhere, but the most adaptable and technologically inventive people that had yet lived on earth. The prolonged encounter between the Cro-Magnons and the archaic Neanderthals and between 45,000 and 30,000 years ago was one of the defining moments of history. The Neanderthals survived for some 15,000 years in the face of the newcomers, but were finally pushed aside by the Cro-Magnons' vastly superior intellectual abilities and cutting-edge technologies, which allowed them to thrive in the intensely challenging climate of the Ice Age.

What do we know about this remarkable takeover? Who were the first modern Europeans and what were they like? How did they manage to thrive in such an extreme environment? And what legacy did they leave behind them after the cold millennia? The age of the Cro-Magnons lasted some 30,000 years-longer than all of recorded history. Cro-Magnon is the story of a little known, yet seminal, chapter of human experience.


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  • Verlag: Bloomsbury Press; Auflage: 1 (1. Juni 2010)
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The title “How the Ice Age gave birth to the first modern humans” is misleading because in other parts of the world there were modern humans too. In case the title reads “… first modern humans in Europe” I could agree. As interesting and as valuable Fagan’s book is, e.g. to see the history of humans unfold in Europe, as disturbing is the Eurocentric view of the author. Provided one accepts that Fagan’s approach is in many regards not scientific, then I find the book is a good an entertaining read.
When Cro-Magnons migrated into Europe from the Near East, there was already another form of humans - the Neanderthals, a parallel European development from Homo heidelbergensis. Modern humans did not evolve from them – they were not direct ancestors. Fagan describes the Neanderthals as the "Quiet People" because he claims, they lacked fluent speech, and he continues that they also lacked symbolism, religion, art and innovation. It is not clear on what basis Fagan makes these assumptions. Also the statement, that the way of life of the Neanderthals was unchanged for hundreds of thousands of years, is not correct. They showed, as far as we know from genetic data, a greater variability as Homo sapiens today. Apparently their varying bodily constitution was an answer to different environmental conditions over times and geographies. Any statement about symbolism, religion and art being absent or different should not lead to the conclusion that other “humans” were or are inferior.
It is a fact that hundred thousands of years Neanderthals and their predecessors lived in Europe (and elsewhere), and survived as a people most of the dramatic climatic changes. If Fagan is allowed to speculate then I take the liberty to speculate too.
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Cro Magno beschreibt wie sich die verschiedenen Eiszeitkulturen Europas im Zuge eines sich ständig wandelnden Klimas herausbildeten.

Hat Fagan bereits in früheren Büchern den Einfluss des Klimas auf die Zivilisation beschrieben (The Little Ice Age , The Great Warming, Fish on Friday), so tut er dies hier mit gewohnter erzählerischer Stärke ohne den Leser mit zu vielen Beispielen zu erschlagen.

Beginnend mit dem Neanderthaler und Enden mit der Magdalenien Kultur versucht Fagan dem Leser das Leben in der Steinzeit vorstellbar zu machen. Dies gelingt ihm hervorragend.

Um sich besser in das Thema einzufinden, ist das Buch mit Informationsblöcken bereichert, in denen dem Leser Methoden der Archäologie genauer erklärt werden. Der Haupttext steht dabei unabhängig und kann ohne die Blöcke gelesen und verstanden werden.
So ist das Buch eine Bereicherung für den Leser, der sich bereits einen Zugang erlesen hat, als auch für einen Neueinsteiger.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen so so 6. Oktober 2012
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When I started reading this book, I thought I would gain some insite about the progression of our great species. At the beginning it seemed very interesting, then as I got further and further into the book, it had absolutely nothing to say. The author just keep repeating over and over what he said previously and after a while it got down right boring. There were no pictures of what these people might have looked like, although he made reference to what they wore or how they differed from the Neanderthal but all that was shown was just maps and spearheads used for weapons. No pictures of the drawings in the caves. As I read it on my Kindle, maybe these important references were eliminated, and if so why? Would I recommend this book, no really. I am sure there are better reference books out there.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great topic, repetitive discussion. B- overall. 31. Juli 2013
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This book has a wonderful topic and interesting illustrations.The author makes up good stories about what might have happened, and I think that a smart child or teen ager would be captivated by the author's story telling. As it is though, and as I am an adult, I just can't finish the book; it is way too repetitive and speculative. For instance, he author likes to repeat himself endlessly about "tool kits" out of stone flakes. This is very interesting - the first time. Then I begin to skip ahead. And constantly describing the Neanderthals as "quiet" people is quite a leap of imagination. They might have been boisterous for all we know. Also, the drawings are mislabeled and confusing. And what is a "schist"? Maybe I read over that, but it's not in the index. Today I just decided to not finish the book after all.

This could have been a really great book. I'll give it a B-.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Loved reading about our DEEP Ancestors 16. Mai 2014
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This book draws on tons of recent scientific data to give a picture of the Neanderthals who are not directly in our line and who have died out.. and the Cro-Magnon who are our ancestors. I loved reading about the Neanderthals... and liked the picture of our ancestors as well.... a little like the magic of "Clan of the Cave Bear".... only this is "for real"... as much as our scientists have gleaned so far, anyway.
4.0 von 5 Sternen A great read marred by poor editing 10. Dezember 2016
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For the book alone I would have rated this as five stars,but too many egregious errors cost it a star. Words divided into three, causing the reader to stop ... The absence of color plates referenced in the text... Odd paragraph breaks in the midst of a sentence... These suggest that editors did not actually read this book, but relied on machine-editing instead of doing their job. That said, Fagan's writing is always a pleasure. I have studied archaeology for 30 years and still learn from Professor Fagan.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen interesting 1. Oktober 2012
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Interesting book, but a bit too conjectural about what is known about early humans just from data gathered from flint tools and arrow/spear heads. It tends to be a bit dry, as most scientific texts are, but it does give interesting data about climate changes and resulting habitat changes. I liked this part of the book because it really shows the cyclical nature of climate changes and that while we as modern humans may be altering the climate to make it warmer, there has always been some natural disaster that makes the climate much colder, killing off most of humanity each time. It also intimates that we are due for just such a climactic event soon, so global warming might just save our lives. It is very interesting in many parts, which gets you through the dry parts. I would buy it again, and recommend it for a better understanding of ancient history.
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