Chris Stringer

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Chris Stringer
Chris Stringer.jpg
Stringer in 2012
Born1947 (age 73–74)
Alma materUniversity College London
Bristol University
Scientific career
InstitutionsNatural History Museum, London
ThesisA multivariate study of cranial variation in middle and upper Pleistocene human populations (1974)
Doctoral advisorJonathan H. Musgrave

Christopher Brian Stringer FRS (born 1947) is a British physical anthropologist noted for his work on human evolution.


Growing up in a working-class family in the East End of London, Stringer's interest in anthropology began in primary school, where he undertook a project on Neanderthals.[1] Stringer studied anthropology at University College London,[2] holds a PhD in Anatomical Science and a DSc in Anatomical Science (both from Bristol University).[3]

Stringer joined the permanent staff of the Natural History Museum in 1973. He is currently Research Leader in Human Origins.


Stringer is one of the leading proponents of the recent African origin hypothesis or ″Out of Africa″ theory, which hypothesizes that modern humans originated in Africa over 100,000 years ago and replaced, in some way, the world's archaic humans, such as Homo floresiensis and Neanderthals, after migrating within and then out of Africa to the non-African world within the last 50,000 to 100,000 years. He always considered that some interbreeding between the different groups could have occurred, but thought this would have been trivial in the big picture. However, recent genetic data show that the replacement process did include some interbreeding. In the last decade he has proposed a more complex version of events within Africa, which he has termed ″multiregional African origin″.

He also directed the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project which ran for about 10 years from 2001. This consortium reconstructed and studied the episodic pattern of human colonisation of Britain during the Pleistocene. He is co-director of the follow-up project "Pathways to Ancient Britain".[4]


He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Honorary Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He won the 2008 Frink Medal of the Zoological Society of London and the Rivers Memorial Medal from the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2004[5]

He was elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society in 2019.



  • C.B. Stringer; P. Andrews (1988). "Genetic and Fossil Evidence for the Origin of Modern Humans". Science. 239 (4845): 1263–1268. Bibcode:1988Sci...239.1263S. doi:10.1126/science.3125610. PMID 3125610.
  • C.B. Stringer (2002). "Modern human origins – progress and prospects". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 357 (1420): 563–579. doi:10.1098/rstb.2001.1057. PMC 1692961. PMID 12028792.


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  1. ^ Ryan, Hannah F. "Professor Chris Stringer". International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  2. ^ Stringer, C. (2006), Homo britannicus, p. 183, London: Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-14-101813-3
  3. ^ University of Bristol Alumni – Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences Archived 28 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Chris Stringer's Home Page at Natural History Museum
  5. ^ List of recipients of Rivers Memorial medal
  6. ^ "The Complete World of Human Evolution". The Natural History Museum. Archived from the original on 20 June 2006. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Stringer wins Kistler Book Award". The Natural History Museum. 13 March 2008. Archived from the original on 25 July 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009.

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