University of Bath

Public Lecture: Professor Alice Roberts ‘Tamed: three species that changed our world’

Professor Alice Roberts delves into archaeology, history and genetics to reveal the amazing stories of three species that became our allies.

21 Sep 20186.30pm
21 Sep 20187.30pm
Professor Alice Roberts
Professor Alice Roberts

Professor Alice Roberts is a member of the Milner Centre for Evolution Advisory Board and her public lecture will conclude a series of activities to celebrate the launch of the Milner Centre. The Milner Centre will be a unique international research Centre bridging biology, health and education. Part of our Department of Biology & Biochemistry, the Centre is named after Bath alumnus, Dr Jonathan Milner, who donated £5.6 million towards establishing the Centre.

Lecture summary

For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors depended on wild plants and animals for survival. They were hunter- gatherers, consummate foraging experts, taking the world as they found it. Then a revolution occurred – our ancestors’ interaction with other species changed. They began to tame them. The human population boomed; civilisation began. In her book, Tamed, Alice Roberts uncovers the amazing history of ten familiar species with incredible wild pasts. In this talk, she tells the story of three key species: dogs, cattle and horses. She reveals how becoming part of our world changed these animals, and shows how they became our allies - essential to the survival and success of our own species. Following her lecture, Professor Alice Roberts will be signing copies of her books Tamed: Ten Species that Changed our World and The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being. Both books will be available after the lecture for purchase.