Species that Changed the World

Sunday 1 September

Venue: St Mary in the Castle

12.00 to 13.00

Tickets: £15, students £9.

Joint tickets for this and previous talk by Lucy Cooke £24.00, students £15.00

Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 under 18) £35.00

Tamed: three species that changed our world . . .

Join Alice Roberts as she delves into archaeology, history and genetics to reveal the amazing stories of three species that became our allies.

For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors depended on wild plants and animals for survival. They were hunter- gatherers, consummate foraging experts, taking the world as they found it. Then a revolution occurred – our ancestors’ interaction with other species changed. They began to tame them. The human population boomed; civilisation began.

In her book, Tamed, Alice Roberts uncovers the amazing history of ten familiar species with incredible wild pasts. In this talk, she tells the story of three key species: dogs, cattle and horses. She reveals how becoming part of our world changed these animals, and shows how they became our allies – essential to the survival and success of our own species.

Alice Roberts

Professor Alice Roberts is a biological anthropologist, author and broadcaster. She’s interested in the evolution, structure and function of humans, and our place in the wider environment. Having originally studied and practiced medicine, she then became a university lecturer, focusing on biological, evolutionary anthropology. She is passionate about public engagement with university research and teaching, and advocates a wider role for universities in society. She has been Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham since 2012, and has worked extensively with the Wellcome Trust and other institutions in public engagement roles.

Alice Roberts has presented a wide range of biology and archaeology programmes on television. Her television debut came as a human bone expert on Channel 4’s Time Team, in 2001. After presenting Coast on BBC2, she went on to write and present a range of BBC series, including The Incredible Human JourneyOrigins of UsPrehistoric Autopsy and Digging for Britain, as well as several Horizon programmes.

Alice has written nine popular science books, including The Incredible Human Journey, Evolution: The Human StoryThe Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, and her latest – Tamed: Ten species that changed our world.

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