Should be worth watching. She also notes that the stone tools found in China seem more primitive than those elsewhere, and infers that they were made exclusively by Homo erectus.
Out of Africa[ edit ] In the first episode, Roberts introduces the idea that genetic analysis suggests that all modern humans are descended from Africans. Synopsis[ edit ] 1.
Europe[ edit ] In the third episode, Roberts describes the various waves of anatomically modern humans that settled the continent of Europe.
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. Maybe I should start it again! Roberts visits the Zhoukoudian caves, in which Peking Manthe supposed Homo erectus ancestor of the Chinese, was discovered.
Old finds in Chile though point to a whole different route for the first humans making it there. So how did the European pioneers survive first the Neanderthals and then the deep freeze as they pushed across the continent?
Roberts notes that some Chinese anthropologists and palaeontologists have shown modern Chinese physical characteristics in the fossil skulls, such as broad cheek bones, cranial skull shape and shovel-shaped incisors that are absent in almost all other humans.
Thousands of years ago one small group of our species, Homo sapiens, crossed out of Africa and into the unknown. Alice travels deep into the Asian rainforests in search of the first cavemen of Borneo and tests out a Stone Age raft to see whether sea travel would have been possible thousands of years ago, before coming to a powerful conclusion.
So how and by what route did humans make it out of Africa? Still worth a read and a reminder that theories shift and change sometimes very quickly.
She describes the discovery of the tiny Homo floresiensis on Flores and suggests that they may have been exterminated by modern humans. Alice travels to Africa in search of the birthplace of the first people. Astonishing genetic evidence reveals that everyone alive today who is not African descends from just one successful, tiny group which left the continent in a single crossing, an event that may have happened around 70 thousand years ago.
Within 60, years they colonised the whole world In South Africashe visits Pinnacle Pointto see the cave in which very early humans lived. They were so few in number and so vulnerable that today they would probably be considered an endangered species. Alice goes searching for clues in the remote Arabian Desert.
With reference to them, she asks how ancient Africans could have adapted to the hostile climate of northern Asia, and why Asian people look so different from Africans.
They were so few in number and so vulnerable that today they would probably be considered an endangered species. How could they have travelled so far from Africa, crossing the open sea on the way, and do it thousands of years before they made it to Europe?General Information.
History, Travel Documentary hosted by Alice Roberts and published by BBC in - English narration  Cover InformationHow 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.
The Incredible Human Journey has ratings and 35 reviews. Frank said: This book, by anatomist and television personality, Alice Roberts tells the sto The Incredible Human Journey has ratings and 35 reviews. Following Alice Roberts on her 6 month journey 'out of Africa' as she follows in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors /5.
The Incredible Human Journey 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. Dr Alice Roberts tells the story of how humans left Africa to colonise the world. Homepage.
The Incredible Human Journey. Home; The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. 'In this BBC documentary, Dr Alice Roberts travels the globe to discover the incredible story of how humans left Africa to colonise the world - overcoming hostile terrain, extreme weather and other species of human.
The Incredible Human Journey is a five-episode, minute, science documentary film presented by Alice Roberts, based on her book by the same name.
The film was first broadcast on BBC television in May and June in the killarney10mile.comal network: BBC Two.Download