A Walk Through Time
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5 - 0 Million Years Ago

The entire history of man makes up just one percent of the history of life on Earth.
Today many scientists believe we are in the midst of another mass species extinction,
caused by humans, which threatens Earth's glorious biodiversity.

(Illustrations by Zdenek Burian, Jiri Hochman and Martin Hochman.
Photograph, bottom, by Lois Brynes)

Chimpanzee and human lines split 5 MYA. Humans and chimps share close to 99% of genes.

 

Australopithecus demonstrates hominid bipedalism.

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Home erectus emerges from Africa.

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Archaic sapiens is one of the oldest fossil humans found in Europe.

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Neanderthal man coexists with Cro-Magnon man in Western Europe.

Cro-Magnon man returns from a hunt in the Dordogne region of France.

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A Late Stone Age European artist crafts a figurine. Homo sapiens sapiens spread over the world, entering North America over the Bering land bridge.

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Many large North American animals, such as this woolly rhino, become extinct, perhaps due to overhunting by humans.

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Early European Home sapiens sapiens
kill a mammoth. Three different species
of humans coexist: Neanderthal man (Homo
sapiens neanderthalensis) in Asia and
eastern Europe, Homo erectus in Asia,
and the relentlessly spreading Homo
sapiens sapiens
.

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And, today, many scientists believe we
are in the midst of another mass species
extinction, caused by humans, which threatens
Earth's glorious biodiversity.

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