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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Ross King
Progress: 64 %
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %
Cosmic Quest Cd (Bbc Audio)
Heather Couper
Firedrake's Eye
Patricia Finney
Progress: 15/249 pages

Cro-Magnon, by Brian Fagan

Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans (Paperback) - Common - By (author) Brian Fagan

This is an interesting study of how the Cro-Magnon survived the Ice Age in Europe.


It is organized not as "archaeologists discovered this, and then they discovered that" but in a "this is what we think their life was like," in chronological order.


The earlier chapters discuss the Neanderthals as well.


I found it ... interesting ... how much Fagan relied on what anthropologists have learned from the Inuit in writing about the Cro-Magnon at the height of the last ice age.  His argument is that there's a limited number of ways in which you can survive that kind of cold environment, and that therefore that's probably what the Cro-Magnon did, too.  I'm not sure that I buy this.