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  • Published: 19 October 2017
  • ISBN: 9781473538832
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368


Ten Species that Changed our World

Ten species that changed our world...

For readers of Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens, Alice Roberts's groundbreaking new book, Tamed, reveals how taming our most important animals and plants changed these species - and us - forever.

**'A masterpiece of evocative scientific storytelling.' BRIAN COX**

**'Will appeal to fans of Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens'. Mail on Sunday **

The extraordinary story of the species that became our allies.

Dogs became our companions
Wheat fed a booming population
Cattle gave us meat and milk
Maize fuelled the growth of empires
Potatoes brought us feast and famine
Chickens led us to wonder about tomorrow
Rice promised us a golden future
Horses gave us strength and speed
Apples travelled with us

For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors depended on wild plants and animals to stay alive - until they began to tame them.

Combining archaeology and cutting-edge genetics, Tamed tells the story of the greatest revolution in human history and reveals the fascinating origins of ten crucial domesticated species; and how they, in turn, transformed us. In a world creaking under the strain of human activity, Alice Roberts urges us to look again at our relationship with the natural world - and our huge influence upon it.


  • Published: 19 October 2017
  • ISBN: 9781473538832
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Alice Roberts

Alice Roberts is an anthropologist, writer and broadcaster, and is currently Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. She has presented several landmark BBC series including The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, Coast and TheCelts. Her latest book on evolutionary biology, The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize in 2015.


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Praise for Tamed

This book is an utter delight.. I loved the stories, the information. But what I loved most was the message of the book: how to preserve what we have before we lose it forever. Humans have a massive impact on the plant, both locally and globally

Twilight Beasts

Two recent pioneers of the history of humanity are Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel, and Yuval Noah Harari, in his book Sapiens. It is a teeming subject, about which Roberts is multiply qualified to write, as an anatomist, archaeologist, anthropologist, paleopathologist and professor of public engagement in science. Roberts remains composed, engaging and undogmatic throughout. Tamed is an excellent point of entry for anyone who wants to understand the new deep human history and what it portends.

Peter Forbes, Guardian

An engrossing and highly readable account of where man is now and how we have reached this point

Parents in Touch

A masterpiece of evocative scientific storytelling.


Epic and joyous, a landmark in the story of us.

Adam Rutherford

Superb: fascinating, intimate biographies of the species that have shared our white-knuckle ride to the present and have helped to make us what we are. Read if you want to know what and why you are.'

Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

There are plenty of facts in Tamed that make the familiar well worth exploring afresh. But it's the fascinating stories that explain how these were unearthed that make this book such a joy to read.

Tristan Gooley

The sort of deep-dive history that will appeal to fans of Jared Diamond and Yuval Noah Harari.

Mail on Sunday

Tamed may be the title of Alice Roberts' latest book, but the writing is anything but tame. Lyrical storytelling untangles the current thinking on how we've entwined our lives with those of plants and animals. From dogs to apples to potatoes to chickens, Roberts provides fascinating insights into domestication, offering anecdotes from past and present that link genetic and archaeological findings.

Liz Kalaugher, 'Book of the Month', BBC Wildlife Magazine

[A] lively work of popular scientific history, in which [Roberts] looks at 10 species that have become part of our everyday existence ... illuminating facts, Roberts is an informed guide to the oddities that have made the world what it is today.


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