The Old Stone Age or Paleolithic comprises more than a million years, and during this period major climatic and other changes occurred which affected the evolution of humans. Humans themselves evolved into their current morphological form during the later period of the Stone Age.
of the Human Race
Researchers believe that members of the human family - hominids - and African apes once had a common ancestor, perhaps as recently as 5 to 10 million years ago. At some stage the hominids split off from the apes and began to develop one of the first and perhaps most important human characteristics - the ability to walk upright.
The earliest ancestors of humankind are known as Australopithecines - commonly known as 'ape men'.
and Brown Saharas
Through new scientific and archeological evidence, we have gained access to the Sahara's past. Rock carvings were found in the Metapo Hills. These carvings are 7000 years old, yet remarkably well preserved. They delineate the once flourishing green Sahara. The indiginous people drew their fertile lands and culture. Included are paintings of many wild animals (girrafes and antelopes), vegetation, and crops. It also depicts chariots which were used for transportation to far destinations. The paintings also display a continuous indiginous people from the Atlantic to the Nile. Unfortunately, the climate undertook a drastic change: the rainfall stopped. This forced the Africans to migrate towards a new source of water. Some traveled South and West toward the tropical rain forrests. But, most traveled East toward the Nile River. This impressive 4000 mile long river was the setting for what has been called a gift from the gods. This gift was the city of Egypt.
Africa is the place where people first originated, so African history goes back further than in any other place on earth...
Released: 28 February 2014