The spread of Homo sapiens on Earth

The spread of Homo sapiens on Earth

The 'wise man' originated in Africa and dispersed throughout most of the continents.

History

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Homo sapiens, wise man, sites, migration, continents, ice age, Africa, chronology, mankind, America, Australia, Asia, Europe, glaciation, sea level, settlement, Distribution, tools

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The last glacial period

The origin of Homo sapiens

Asia and Australia

Europe

Americas

Homo sapiens

Fossil sites

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Homo erectus

The ‘upright man’ used tools and could set fire.

Human evolution

The brain and skull underwent significant changes during human evolution.

Ötzi, the Iceman

The mummified body of a man who probably lived in the Chalcolithic period, was found in one of the glaciers of the Alps.

From the Stone Age to the Iron Age

This animation demonstrates the development of the axe throughout archaeological periods.

Glaciation

The last Ice Age ended about 13 thousand years ago.

Hunebeds

These special dolmens located in present-day Netherlands were built about 5,000 years ago.

Megalithic cultures in Europe

Structures consisting of enormous stone blocks, dating back thousands of years, are monuments of megalithic cultures.

Neolithic settlements

As a result of the revolutionary advances in the Neolithic, settling human communities established the first lasting settlements.

Palaeolithic cave

The first dwellings in human history provide a lot of information about the lifestyle of our ancestors.

The Cave of Altamira

The world-famous limestone cave with its amazing cave paintings is one of the most important archaeological sites of Palaeolithic art.

The history of human migration

The migration of large human populations began in Ancient times.

Venus figurines

These Palaeolithic statuettes probably symbolise fertility and prosperity.

Continents and oceans

Dry land on the surface of Earth is divided into continents which are separated by oceans.

Sabre-toothed cat

Large, extinct species of cats named after the shape of their large canine teeth.

Woolly mammoth

Extinct proboscidea closely related to today's elephants, often hunted by prehistoric man.

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