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Foundation Lecture: Professor Alice Roberts - Tamed: 10 Species That Changed Our World

Foundation Lecture - Professor Alice Roberts Tamed: 10 Species that Changed our World

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Foundation Lecture - Professor Alice Roberts
Tamed: 10 Species That Changed Our World

Thursday 25 January 2017, Oswald Elliott Hall, 7pm.

For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors depended on wild plants and animals for survival. They were hunter-gatherers, consummate survival experts, but taking the world as they found it. Then a revolution happened: our ancestors started to domesticate wild species.

The human population boomed - civilization began.

In this lecture, Alice Roberts uncovers the amazing deep history of ten familiar species with incredible wild pasts: dogs, apples and wheat; cattle; potatoes and chickens; rice, maize, horses, and finally, humans. Alice Roberts not only reveals how becoming part of our world changed these animals and plants, but shows how they became our allies, essential to the survival and success of our species – and to our future.

Enlightening, wide-ranging and endlessly fascinating, Tamed is an epic story, encompassing hundreds of thousands of years of history and archaeology alongside cutting-edge genetics and anthropology. Yet it is also a deeply personal journey that will change how we see ourselves and the species on which we have left our mark.

Alice Roberts is an anthropologist and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham.  She is an academic, writer and broadcaster with a special interest in the structure of humans, how we function and our place in the wider environment.


Copies of Alice’s books will be on sale after the lecture and Alice will be available to sign them.


This lecture is free of charge but must be booked online at


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