The average modern person has around 2% Neanderthal DNA. For thousands of years, modern humans, Neanderthals and Denisovans shared the earth. In this episode, we speak to Professor Thomas Higham who's groundbreaking work has been at the forefront of our growing understanding of the the period where we shared the world with our ancient ancestors. Thomas has recently published the fascinating book 'The World Before Us', a must read for anyone who is curious about human origins.
Professor Higham's research interests focus on archaeological dating, including the radiocarbon dating of bone, as well as the chronology of Palaeolithic Europe. He is involved in a variety of projects investigating the human occupation of Britain and Europe over the last million years and the potential co-existence of Neanderthals with early modern humans. Thomas's work has been fundamental in our growing understanding of our cousins the Denisovans. To learn more I highly recommend his book 'The World Before Us.'
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