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Human Evolution

Author: Michael Lewis

Copyright © 2001 Michael Lewis

The first hominids evolved some 3 or 4 million years ago, and so we have only limited means of determining how they evolved. Although human evolution is an important phase of the history of religion, the evolution of humans in itself is more a matter of speculation than of history.

The first hominid to evolve was the Australopithecus, which had dark skin and evolved around Egypt in Africa during the Interglacials some 3 or 4 million years ago. The Australopithecus migrated into Iran/Iraq in south-west Asia where the second race of hominids, the first Caucasians, evolved from these migrants during the Ice Ages, when sunshine was scant. These two races were pushed around the planet by changes in the climate as the Ice Ages came and went about every 100,000 years, and each time they met the result was first war, and then peace and crossbreeding, resulting in the evolution of more races all over the planet.

The first modern humans (Homeo-Sapiens) evolved in Africa from the crossbreeding between the current inhabitants of the region, and the immigrants who were driven out of the low-lying lands of south Indonesia when these lands began to flood with the onset of the Eemian Interglacial, about 130,000 years ago.

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