Exclusive: former Time Team presenter and anthropologist Alice Roberts says we ‘overegg the uniqueness of humans compared with other animals’

Who are we? It’s a fundamental question that has nagged at thinkers as diverse as Descartes, Aristotle and Simone de Beauvoir, and the conundrum is set to take centre stage this Christmas at Britain’s most prestigious public science lectures.

Alice Roberts, physical anthropologist and professor of public engagement in science at the University of Birmingham, will unpick our story, from how humans evolved to how gene editing is putting our fate into our own hands. She will join an illustrious list of Royal Institution lecturers including Michael Faraday, David Attenborough and Sophie Scott.

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