Neanderthals and ancient pathways from Africa to Britain
Welcome to the
recordings of the lecture by Professor Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum. This was
the Embassy Theatre on Saturday 25 February 2012 The recordings are
presented as the whole event, or edited into sections.
Professor Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum of London addresses the
big questions: how can we define modern humans and how can we recognise our
beginnings in the fossil and archaeological record? How can we accurately date
fossils, including ones beyond the range of radiocarbon dating? What do the
genetic data really tell us? Were our origins solely in Africa? Are modern
humans a distinct species from ancient people such as the Neanderthals and
Denisovans, or are we much more like them than previously believed? What contact
did our ancestors have with them? When did humans first inhabit Britain?