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Neanderthals And The Making Of Us


Date/Time: Sun 13 Jun 2021 5:00pm - 5:55pm

Palaeontologist Elsa Panciroli (Beasts Before Us) and archaeologist Rebecca Wragg Sykes (Kindred) join Ella Al-Shamahi to debunk the myths surrounding our ancient ancestors and explore how we came to be. From the garish horned giants of our distant mammal past, right up to the sophisticated culture of the Neanderthals, dive into the fascinating world of evolutionary history as our panellists uncover the untold reality of our ancient ancestors.

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Dr Rebecca Wragg Sykes is an archaeologist, author and Honorary Fellow in the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. Her first book KINDRED: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art is a critically acclaimed and award-winning bestseller: a deep dive into the 21st century science and understanding of these ancient relatives. Alongside her academic expertise, Rebecca has earned a reputation for exceptional public communication, with her writing featuring in the New York Times, The Times, The Guardian, Aeon and elsewhere. She is a popular speaker, appearing on programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4 such as Front Row, Start The Week and The Infinite Monkey, as well as numerous podcasts.

Elsa Panciroli is a palaeontologist who studies the evolution and ecology of extinct animals – particularly mammals from the time of dinosaurs. She is a researcher based at the University of Oxford, and associate researcher at the National Museum of Scotland. Elsa’s work takes her around the world to collaborate with scientists in China, the US, South Africa and Europe to understand the origin of major animal groups. Elsa is a keen science communicator delivering public talks on palaeontology and the origin of mammals. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Palaeontology Online and Biological Sciences Review. She is a graduate of the BBC’s Expert Woman training programme, and frequently contributes to radio and podcast programmes, such as Crowdscience, The John Beatty Show and Our Lives.

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