Tamed: Three Species That Changed The World

Alice Roberts, Photographer: Andrew Yarme

Photographer: Andrew Yarme

Prof Alice Roberts explores how Stone Age hunters domesticated dogs and cattle, how Bronze Age nomads domesticated horses, and how teaming up with these other species helped our ancestors to survive and thrive. She looks at how archaeology, history and genetics combine to produce astonishing revelations, allowing us to explore the Neolithic revolution and its legacy.

Professor Alice Roberts is a biological anthropologist, author and broadcaster. Having originally studied and practiced medicine, she then became a university lecturer, teaching clinical anatomy and undertaking research in biological anthropology. She is especially interested in the intersection between biology, archaeology and history, and the interaction between humans and the environment through time.  

Alice has presented over a hundred television programmes, on subjects ranging from biology and archaeology and history, and written ten popular science books, including The Incredible Human Journey, Evolution: The Human Story, The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, Tamed: Ten species that changed our world, and her most recent, Ancestors: The Prehistory of Britain in Seven Burials. In 2020, Alice Roberts was awarded the Royal Society’s first David Attenborough Prize for Public Engagement. 


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