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Homo erectus was believed to be a wandering hunter, and began traveling far beyond African origins. Evidence of Homo erectus was found in China and is known as "Peking man". Homo erectus was believed to have lived in this area from 600,000 BCE to 200,000 BCE.



English Channel floods

Originally there was an isthmus across the Strait of Dover. During an earlier glacial maximum, the exit from the North Sea was blocked to the north by an ice dam, and the water flowing out of rivers backed up into a vast lake with freshwater glacial melt on the bed of what is now the North Sea. A gently upfolding chalk ridge linking the Weald of Kent and Artois, perhaps some 30 metres (100 feet) higher than the current sea level, contained the glacial lake at the Strait of Dover. At some time, probably around 425,000 years ago and again around 225,000 years later the barrier failed or was overtopped, loosing a catastrophic flood that permanently diverted the Rhine into the English Channel and replacing the "Isthmus of Dover" watershed by a much lower watershed running from East Anglia east then southeast to the Hook of Holland and (as at modern sea level) separated Britain from the continent of Europe; a sonar study of the sea bed of the English Channel published in Nature, July 2007,[9] revealed the discovery of unmistakable marks of a megaflood on the English Channel seabed: deeply eroded channels and braided features have left the remnants of streamlined islands among deeply gouged channels where the collapse occurred.


Tools from 400,000 BCE were found in the Lazaret Cave at Terra Amata in the Alpes-Maritime Department


Home Erectus "Heidelberg man" and is thought to have lived in this region from 800,000 BCE to 400,000 BCE.

Archaeological evidence found in present-day Germany documents that wooden spears have been used for hunting since at least 400,000 years ago, and a 2012 study suggests that Homo heidelbergensis may have developed the technology about 500,000 years ago


DNA evidence places humans with DNA very close to a lineage known as Denisovans living in the Sima de los Huesos cave. The Denisovans were known to live in Siberia, Asia and Western Europe. Analysis indicated that modern humans, Neanderthals, and the Denisova hominin last shared a common ancestor around 1 million years ago.

§Middle East

It is believed that Denisovans may have diverged from their sister-species, Neanderthals, about this time in the Middle East.

§South Pacific


Scientists believe that from the period around 400,000 BCE giant marsupials, kangaroos and wombats, roamed the outback. They went extinct around 50,000 BCE coincident with the arrival of humans on the continent.


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