Holocene Man

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My Random Thing for Today…

The Holocene is the name given to the last ~10,000 years of the Earth’s history — the time since the end of the last major glacial epoch, or “ice age.” Since then, there have been small-scale climate shifts — notably the “Little Ice Age” between about 1200 and 1700 A.D. — but in general, the Holocene has been a relatively warm period in between ice ages.

Another name for the Holocene that is sometimes used is the Anthropogene, the “Age of Man.” This is somewhat misleading: humans of our own subspecies, Homo sapiens sapiens, had evolved and dispersed all over the world well before the start of the Holocene. Yet the Holocene has witnessed all of humanity’s recorded history and the rise and fall of all its civilizations.

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