The human journey tv show

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The Incredible Human Journey by Alice Roberts

Alice Roberts has been travelling the world - from Ethiopian desert to Malay peninsula and from Russian steppes to Amazon basin - in order to understand the challenges that early humans faced as they tried to settle continents. On her travels she has witnessed some of the daunting and brutal challenges our ancestors had to face: mountains, deserts, oceans, changing climates, terrifying giant beasts and volcanoes. But she discovers that perhaps the most serious threat of all came from other humans. When our ancestors set out from Africa there were already two other species of human on the planet: Neanderthal in Europe and Homo erectus in Asia. Both (contrary to popular perception) were intelligent, adept at making tools and weapons and were long adapted to their environments. So, Alice asks, why did only Homo sapiens survive? Part detective story, part travelogue, and drawing on the latest genetic and archaeological discoveries, Alice examines how our ancestors evolved physically in response to these challenges, finding out how our colour, shape, size, diet, disease resistance and even athletic ability have been shaped by the range of environments that our ancestors had to survive. She also relates how astonishingly closely related we all are.
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Out of Africa

T his is the history of humanity's great diaspora. It began , years ago when our ancestors left Africa and ended with Homo sapiens in control of an entire planet. Alice Roberts originally presented a TV version of this grand travelogue last year and came over as an engaging companion on her hunt for evidence of man's global spread: part hippie, part the girl next door. Her series was often illuminating and engrossing, exposing unexpected vignettes of our global spread. However, the programmes were sometimes gimmicky and intellectually vacuous, with Roberts all too often adopting a daft, let's-find-out-for-ourselves approach. Thus she would stumble on precious pieces of ancient human anatomy as if by chance as she wandered around the savannah. On other occasions, we were expected to believe she was at risk of being swept to her death while she was being filmed on a raft.

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Hard to imagine an academic doing that. - Dr Alice Roberts travels the globe to discover the incredible story of how humans left Africa to colonise the world, and searches for clues in the Arabian Desert.

There are seven billion humans on Earth, spread across the whole planet. Scientific evidence suggests that most of us can trace our origins to one tiny group of people who left Africa around 70, years ago. In this five-part series, Dr Alice Roberts follows the archaeological and genetic footprints of our ancient ancestors to find out how their journeys transformed our species into the humans we are today, and how Homo Sapiens came to dominate the planet. View All Seasons. We don't have any reviews for The Incredible Human Journey.

The Incredible Human Journey is a five-episode, minute, science documentary film presented by Alice Roberts , based on her book by the same name. It explains the evidence for the theory of early human migrations out of Africa and subsequently around the world, supporting the Out of Africa Theory. This theory claims that all modern humans are descended from anatomically modern African Homo sapiens rather than from the more archaic European and Middle Eastern Homo neanderthalensis or the indigenous Chinese Homo pekinensis , and that the modern African Homo sapiens did not interbreed with the other species of genus Homo. Each episode concerns a different continent, and the series features scenes filmed on location in each of the continents featured. In the first episode, Roberts introduces the idea that genetic analysis suggests that all modern humans are descended from Africans. She visits the site of the Omo remains in Ethiopia , which are the earliest known anatomically modern humans.



  1. Marphisa L. says:

    The Incredible Human Journey by Alice Roberts

  2. Yuri G. says:

    BBC Two - The Incredible Human Journey, Out of Africa

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