Following are links
to sources used in this section and additional resources that
relate to the past 10,000 years during which time human culture
and civilizations have developed.
the last glacial maximum (LGM) about 18,000
years ago, ice caps and glaciers began to melt. Gradually, sea
levels rose, and people from Asia migrated into North America.
A number of "megafauna" (large animals) such as American
Mastodon, Mammoths, and Saber-toothed Cats became extinct. Were
people responsible for such extinctions?
Visit the Illinois
State Museum to learn more about these changes.
- How has the
climate of the past 10,000 years related to the development of
agriculture and civilizations?
- What was
going on in your region 10,000 years ago in terms of human development
and climate change?
- What are
the major climate events of the past 10,000 years?
- In the past
10,000 years, human population has grown from around 5 million
to over 6 billion people. How many generations back did this occur?
- The flooding
of the Black Sea 7600 years ago may have played a role in the
migration of the Indo-European proto-language. Did your ancestors
come from that part of the world, and if so how many generations
ago did this occur?