How did we get here? Following a trail of clues from the latest scientific research, Dr Alice Roberts re-traces the greatest ever journey taken by our ancestors. Thousands of years ago one small group of our species, Homo sapiens, crossed out of Africa and into the unknown. Their descendants faced baking deserts, sweat-soaked jungles and frozen wildernesses and risked everything on the vast empty ocean.
Within 60,000 years they colonised the whole world... How did they do it? Why do we, their descendants all look so different? And what did we have that meant we were the only human species to survive?
Using the evidence from genetics, fossils, archaeology and climatology, Dr Alice Roberts uncovers five epic routes our ancestors took across the globe and the obstacles and brutal challenges they encountered along the way. It reveals how our family tree grew and spread out across the world, producing all the variety we see in the human species today – but despite all that diversity, Alice reveals how astonishingly closely related we all are.
Dr Alice Roberts re-traces the greatest ever journey taken by our ancestors.
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“A bit dissapointing, when the presenter got on the subject it was good but about half the time they tried to create mysteries about stuff they clearly already knew which gave the series the air of talking down to the audience. The half hour they spent on the absurd and racist chinese belief that they evolved seperately is the best example of this. They should have gone straight to the genetic evidence and moved on. There were time that the show felt more like an episode of surviver as Dr Roberts - in the snow, on a raft, sleeping outdoors in Africa with nothing but a torch and a BBC film crew to keep her safe - presented us with some of the challenges our forebears faced.Too much (of the extremely attractive) Dr Roberts and not enough experts and science for me. However overall worth a watch. In short I'm glad I brought it but it could have been a lot better.”
From: Andrew Crooks
“A breath of fresh air on numerous levels . Level one : In a TV wasteland littered by Big Brothers and various other soul destroying programs , the BBC (again) comes to the rescue with money, insight, ideas and professionalism . Level two : A fascinating and multi-level story told in a down-to-earth and intelligent way . Level three : An up to date story with the latest insights shot in the exact locations were discoveries were made Level four : Imaginative camera work and photography with great background music. Level five :Presented by a professional in a intelligent, down to earth, natural and very charming way . And I mean Charming.. There are many other levels but do yourselves a favour and just buy the thing I'm off to see it again. ”
From: Dick Blom
“Doctor Alice Roberts gives the world an incredible human gift - the gift of great knowledge, bringing us closer together, reminding us of where we come from and our unique and special relationship with the planet we inhabit. But for the upsetting scenes involving the way animals are used with some of today's humans (which I couldn't view), I found the series incredibly empowering and uplifting”
From: Louise Corry