Michael Petraglia is Director of theAustralian Research Centre for Human Evolution at Griffith University. From 2001 to 2016 he taught at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, and from 2016 to 2022 was based at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany. He has published and co-edited ten books and more than 250 journal articles and book chapters, including co-editorship of the book Human Dispersal and Species Movement: From Prehistory to the Present, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.
The age of discovery
In ConversationPrior to Homo sapiens, populations might have just moved on or gone extinct in the face of environmental risks, whereas with Homo sapiens we were able to disperse widely across the world despite great ecological challenges. The underlying reason for that may be rooted in our social relations, our high level of co-operation – we don’t necessarily see that with earlier human species.