Homosapiens have remained the same species, largely unchanged in genetic makeup and anatomy since the Cro-Magnon era. By contrast, the cultural, social, and technological changes since then have been nothing less than extraordinary. At the core of this development is the ability of humans to store and transmit knowledge, so that each new generation stands upon the shoulders of its predecessors. This ability to use what has gone before is what sets humans apart. Telling our story, from prehistory to the present day, DK's History is a thought-provoking journey, revealing the common threads and forces that have shaped human history. Taking a broad-themed approach, acknowledging varied factors at work, from climate, ecology, disease, and geology and their roles in the human story, this visual celebration makes history accessible and relevant, putting events in their wider context and showing how they have shaped the world we live in. Features inventions, discoveries, and ideas that have shaped world history Looks at human achievement through artifacts, painting, sculpture, and architecture Places humankind in context as part of the natural world Includes eyewitness accounts and biographies of key figures at turning points in history Gives factors such as climate and natural disasters their full place in the human story Uncovers the past, from analyzing ice cores to deciphering extinct languages A comprehensive timeline chronicles the key events of the countries of the world.
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