About Origins of Us

Origins of Us tells extraordinary the story of our species. In every one of our bodies is the evidence of how we evolved away from our ape cousins to become the adaptable, successful species we are today.

Origins of Us

Anatomist and physical anthropologist Dr Alice Roberts reveals the key adaptations in our body that have contributed to our progress though the millennia.

Alice Roberts and a Chimp

Far from being inevitable the evolution of our species is a product of pure chance and with each anatomical advantage coming at a cost, which many of us are still paying today. Bad backs, painful childbirth, impacted wisdom teeth are all a by-product of our evolution.

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This is a journey through our own bodies, six million years and 300,000 generations of our human family, from a tree dwelling ape in the forests of Africa, to you and the six billion other humans on Earth today.