Out of Africa
Research in the School of Mathematics & Statistics in the University of Glasgow has been influential in answering a long-standing question: where do we come from?
The fleshing-out of the ’out of Africa’ theory has been the focus of two documentary series, The Incredible Human Journey and Meet the Izzards, and has generated income for DNA testing companies in the UK and US by enabling them to offer ‘deep DNA’ tests revealing one’s roots from far back in history.
The Incredible Human Journey aired on BBC 2 in 2009, reaching 10.2 million viewers altogether, has been watched 100,000 times on YouTube and was broadcast in shorter format in Australia and Canada before being released as a DVD. Meet the Izzards was broadcast on BBC 1 in 2013 to over 3 million people.
- Publication: Macauley et al. Science 2005 Vol 308, Issue 5724, pp. 1034-1036
- Scotsman article: Humans left Africa for a scampi supper