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. As a lecturer in Anatomy at Bristol University, Alice Roberts is eminently qualified to write this book. As a talented artist, she is perfectly qualified to illustrate it, and dotted throughout this lively book are many of the sketches and photographs from her travels.
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Alice Roberts is a qualified medical doctor and lecturer in Anatomy at Bristol University. She is a regular contributor to Channel 4's Time Team and BBC2's Coast series, and the presenter of Don't Die Young on BBC2.Review:
'Using genetics, archaeology, fossils and climate evidence to construct a portrait of who we are and where we come from, the series promises to be both scientifically meaty and readily digestible.' INDEPENDENT 'Dr Roberts is sunny, clear spoken and breathily enthusiastic ... a star' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Alice Roberts skilfully tells the story of her Odyssey filming "The Incredible Human Journey" in her own words. She has certainly grasped the subject fully and has a strong sympathy with her informants and their contributions. Her superb drawings are a delight. Do buy it' STEPHEN OPPENHEIMER, OXFORD UNIVERSITY
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Descrizione libro Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2009. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110747598398
Descrizione libro Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2009. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0747598398