Episodes

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0101Irish Giant2017081420191209 (BBC7)
20191210 (BBC7)

The first of five stories in which evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod follows a trail of clues beginning with a bone or skeleton and leading to a fascinating revelation.

Ben explores the link between an 18th century skeleton in the Hunterian Museum and Brendan Holland from County Tyrone who reached a height of 6'10" and has been diagnosed with gigantism. Ben follows a trail of clues and discovers how recent findings could mean that in the future there are no more Irish giants.

Producer Sarah Blunt.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2017.

Ben Garrod explores the truth about Irish Giants in the first of five stories about bones.

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod presents anthropological detective stories.

0102West Runton Mammoth2017081520191210 (BBC7)
20191211 (BBC7)

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod heads to a Norfolk beach to hear how a raging storm led to the discovery of one of the oldest mammoth skeletons ever to have been found in the UK and the best preserved skeleton of this species in the world.

The skeleton revealed a treasure trove of information about life some 600,000 to 700,000 years ago.

Producer Sarah Blunt.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2017.

Ben Garrod explores the story behind mammoth bones found in Norfolk.

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod presents anthropological detective stories.

0103Mary Rose Archer2017081620191211 (BBC7)
20191212 (BBC7)

Ben Garrod reveals how the archers who sank with the Mary Rose could help medical science.

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod presents anthropological detective stories.

0104Dodo2017081720191212 (BBC7)
20191213 (BBC7)

The Dodo is byword for extinction, or at least it has been. Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod discovers how the skeletal remains of this extinct bird may hold the key to life beyond the grave and that extinction could be a thing of the past.

Producer Sarah Blunt.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2017.

Ben Garrod reveals how the dodo might be brought back from extinction.

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod presents anthropological detective stories.

0105Man-eating Tiger2017081820191213 (BBC7)
20191214 (BBC7)

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod stares into the jaws of a man-eating tiger and learns how samples from the bones are providing vital evidence in understanding the role of predation on our evolutionary behaviour. Were our early ancestors primarily hunters or hunted?

Producer Sarah Blunt.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2017.

Ben Garrod on how a man-eating tiger provides new evidence about human evolution.

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod presents anthropological detective stories.