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Simple Human Evolution Timeline

10 MYA  – the climate dried out
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8 MYA  – our lineage split from that of gorillas
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6 MYA  – our lineage split from that of chimpanzees
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4 MYA  – time of the Australopithecines (possibly the first bipedal                                           walkers)
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3.2 MYA – Lucy (the now famous example of Australopithecus afarensis)
was alive in Ethiopia
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3.6 MYA – The Laetoli footprints in Tanzania were created
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2.5 MYA – time of Homo habilis (the first species of the Homo genus and
also thought to have been the inventors of laughter)
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2 MYA – time of Homo ergaster (described as a chronospecies)
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1.8-1.5 MYA – time of Homo erectus (probably the first species in the
human timeline to leave Africa)
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600,000 YA – time of Homo heidelbergensis (this species underwent rapid growth in brain size and is thought to have developed music as a bonding activity)
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400,000 YA – the use of fire took off
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230,000 YA – time in which Neanderthals were also living in Europe
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200,000 YA – time of Homo sapiens (our own species, in which doctrinal religion and complex language were created)
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170,000 YA  – time of the direct ancestor of all humans alive
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10,000 YA  – the use of agriculture began
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5,000 YA  – writing began to be used

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