Life as we made it

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 18 November


The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Dogs would not exist without humans

    Credit: Martin Davies


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Event description

Join Beth Shapiro as she explores the human history of remaking nature, from the very first dog to glowing fish and designer pigs.

In this talk, Beth will reveal the surprisingly long history of human intervention in evolution through hunting, domesticating, polluting, hybridising, conserving and genetically modifying life on Earth.

Copies of Beth's book 'Life as We Made It: How 50,000 years of human innovation refined – and redefined – nature' are available from Amazon and all good book shops.

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Event type

This is a livestream event where the speaker and audience come together online. 


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About the speaker

Beth Shapiro is an American evolutionary molecular biologist. She is a Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work has centered on the analysis of ancient DNA.


The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

The Royal Institution is part of the Amazon Affiliate Programme and book links on this page are affiliate links, which means it won't cost you any extra but we may earn a small commission if you decide to purchase through the link. All proceeds help support the charitable work of the Ri. Affiliate disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate The Royal Institution earns from qualifying purchases.

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