In this hilarious and thought-provoking talk, National Geographic Explorer and standup comic Ella Al-Shamahi explains why a huge part of the planet's potential contribution to science is being overlooked. She also shares stories from her dangerous adventures fossil hunting in hostile, unstable regions of the world. Ella is currently piecing together a groundbreaking theory that early humans may have migrated out of Africa via land bridges between East Africa and Yemen.
National Geographic Explorer and standup comic Ella Al-Shamahi is a hilarious paleoanthropologist who specializes in Neanderthals. Much of her work involves fossil hunting in caves in dangerous locations such as Yemen. Ella uses comedy as both a coping strategy for the darker side of her work as well as to communicate science to people in engaging, unexpected ways. She holds degrees from Imperial College London/the Natural History Museum in London and University College London where she is undertaking her PhD. She is currently waiting for the worst of the war in Yemen to end so she can resume the search for Paleolithic caves there, to test a theory that early humans may have migrated out of Africa via land bridges between East Africa and Yemen and to test whether Neanderthals went that far south.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx