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The History of the World. Once upon a time there was nothing, neither time nor space. Then about 13 billion years ago, energy and matter exploded out of the emptiness...*BOOOOM* and the Universe was born. The first stars lit up about 1 billion years after the birth of the Universe. The planets of our solar system, including Earth, were crated at the same time as our sun, about 4.6 billion years ago. By 3.8 billion years ago, Earth contained all the ingredients necessary for the earliest forms of life to evolve: a thin, but solid curst on the earth's surface, the seas, and, an atmosphere, 250 million years ago, continental plates, which made up the earth's crust, were joined in a super-continent, Pangaea. Over millions of years, Pangaea began to break up. The continental plates moved slowly over the earth's surface, gradually forming the major landmasses we recognize today. The Americas, Afroeurasia, Australia, Antarctica. 200,000 to 250,000 years ago, bands of Homo Sapiens, the ancestors of all modern humans, appeared in Africa. Humans developed spoken language, which allowed the mto pass on the collected learning of their society. (Picture of human ancestor saying 'Are you talking to me?'). (Music starts playing). The rest of this video is a timeline that spans 15,000 Years ago from today. Every second represents 50 years. Since the beginning of the music...1,500 years have passed! My How time flies! By this time, humans had migrated from Africa to all continents except Antarctica. They were hunters and gatherers who collected leaves, flowers, berries, and nuts... fished with harpoons, made nets and snares to trap small animals... and hunted larger animals like bison and mammoths. Always resourceful and inventive, humans used all types of natural materials - stone, bones, hides, and antlers - to fashion: weapons, tools, and shelters. Humans also decorated the walls of their caves, carved sculptures in stone, wood, and bone, and fashioned jewelry such as bracelets and necklaces. Our timeline is now nearing 10,000 years ago. The last Ice Age is ending. As the ice sheets that covered much of North America and Eurasia retreated, new plants and animals flourished. Many of the large creates of the Ice Age were replaced by smaller animals. An increased demand for food, created by a growing human population, was a major factor in the development of farming. The domestication of small animals such as dogs began in this era too. About this time humans first began to work with metal. Time Marches On! We are approaching 8,000 years ago on our timeline. It may seem like life did not change much since our timeline began. That's only because life did not change much. Why? The answer is simple. Hunting and gathering works! Hunting and gathering was a successful way of life that provided humans with everything they needed. But slowly agriculture emerged as a new way of life. Farming meant living in one place - permanently. People began settling in farming villages. First in the Fertile Crescent and Nile Valley. Then in other parts of Afroeurasia and the Americas. These farming vilalges brought other changes: more and faster population growth, pollution, and the spread of infectious disease. But this did not stop people from building more and more villages. Like hunting and gathering, sedentary (settled) life in villages became a successful way of living. Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus Valley becamse centers of dense population. Cities! Written Language! Just passed 4,000 years ago! Minoan Civilization. Babylon. Shang Dynasty. Chariots. Middle Kingdom Egypt. Pacific Islands. Mycenae. Stonehenge. Hinduism. New Kingdom Egypt. Alphabetic Writing. Judaism. Trojan War. Olmecs. "Sea People" Attack! Greek Migrations. Zhou Dynasty. Kingdom of Israel. The Adena. Homer. Carthage. Etruscans. Nubian Pharoahs. Assyrian Empire. Greek City-States. First Coins. Scythians. Persian Empire. Nok Culture. Buddha. Confucius. Alexander the Great. Joman Period. Mauryan Empire. Zapotecs. Qin Dynasty. Celts in Britain. The Silk Road. Julius Caesar. Roman Empire. Christianity. Han Empire. Parthian Empire. Yamato Period. Trans-Saharan Camel Trade. Easter Island. Mayan Civilization. Germanic Migrations. Gupta Empire. The Hunnish Empire. Kingdom of Ghana. Code of Justinian. Avar Migrations. Anglo-Saxon Period. Rise of Islam. Shotoku Reforms. Axum. Byzantine Empire. Tang Dynasty. The Umayyids. Charlemagne. Abbasid Dynasty. The Champa. The Vikings. Christianity to Russia. First Printed Book. Toltecs. Great Schism. Anasazi. Norman Conquest. The Hausa. Crusades/Jihads. Rajput States. Great Zimbabwe. Magna Carta. Kanem-Bornu. Mongol Empire. Mamluk Dynasty. Marco Polo. Black Death. Aztecs. Mali. Hundred Years War. Ottoman Empire. Inca Empire. Movable type. Songhai. Guns. Ming. Exploration. Kongo. Ivan. Colonization of the Americas. Australia. Japan. Russia. China. Slave Trade. Cook. Haiti. Revolution! Samurai Japan. American Revolution! French Revolution! Napoleon. 1 Billion people. Industrial Revolution! 1.5 Billion people. 2..3...4...5...6 Billion people. To be Continued... Music composed and performed by Jeremy O'Roark of Sometime After Seven. Produced for "World History for us All" - a model curriculum for world history in middle and high schools.

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