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Saturday 30 May 2009

Homo sapiens originated in Africa but about 70,000 years ago, a small group left the continent and became the rest of the globe's ancestors. With Alice Roberts, John McCarthy discusses how early man migrated round the globe, overcoming climatic and geographic obstacles, and how those early travels resulted in the different races.

Surinam used to be known as Dutch Guyana and, despite being the smallest country in South America, is home to some of the most unspoiled rainforest in the world. Andrew Westoll used to study monkeys there and returned more recently to look at the country as a whole. He discovered a fascinating mix of peoples, cultures and environments and explains how the Surinamese hope ecotourism is the answer to protecting their forest.

  • Dr Alice Roberts

    Dr Alice Roberts is an osteoarchaeologist and television presenter. Best known for the BBC series Coast, Dr Alice Roberts: Don't Die Young, she has also appeared as an expert osteoarchologist on the Channel 4 television series Time Team and its spin-off show Extreme Archaeology.

    Alice is also a medical doctor and PhD in palaeopathology. In her latest television documentary series The Incredible Human Journey, she visits Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas to find out the story of how every non- African in the world is descended from one small group of people, who managed to cross the Red Sea to leave Africa some 70,000 years ago. She follows the migration of human beings as they populate the world.

    The Incredible Human Journey
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    ISBN-10: 0747598398
    ISBN-13: 978-0747598398

    BBC 2 five-part series is broadcast on Sundays at 21:30
    First episode on Sunday 10 May 2009

    Find out more about Alice Roberts
  • Andrew Westoll

    Andrew Westoll is an award winning journalist. He is a former biologist and primatologist; he is now a travel writer living in Toronto. He first went to Surinam to study brown capuchin monkeys and five years later returned as a travel writer of which his latest book is an account.

    Surinam: Stumbling Through the Dark Heart of South America’s Forgotten Jungle
    Publisher: Old Street Publishing
    ISBN-10: 1905847904
    ISBN-13: 978-1905847907

    Find out more about Andrew Westoll



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