Thursday 9 May
16:30 - 17:30
The Incredible Human Journey – Professor Alice Roberts
This talk by Professor Alice Roberts forms part of our What does it mean to be human? event.
Ten years on from making her landmark BBC2 series, The Incredible Human Journey, Alice Roberts explores the latest insights into the colonisation of the globe by our ancient forebears. Sometimes racing along coastlines, at other times, coming to a standstill, with any advance blocked by great walls of ice, our ancient ancestors gradually spread right across the globe. Along the way, they adapted to a huge range of different environments, learning to live everywhere – from tropical forests and temperate shorelines to the high Arctic.
In the last ten years, the evidence has piled up: new fossils, archaeological sites and astounding insights from genetics have painted a new picture of these ancient journeys, and the challenges overcome by our Stone Age ancestors.
The Incredible Human Journey - Professor Alice Roberts
A biological anthropologist, author and broadcaster, Professor Alice Roberts is interested in the evolution, structure and function of humans. Originally a medic, she then became a university lecturer. Professor of Public Engagement in Science at Birmingham since 2012, Alice has also presented a range of biology and archaeology programmes on television.