Humanity 1.0: Our Birth

The epic story of humanity in four parts.

As far as we know, we emerged about 200,000 years ago. At this time we had no language, no clothing, no art, no religion. We lived in the wild and ate what we could forage or hunt. We were hard to distinguish from our closest cousins – the chimpanzees and bonobos.

What came to differentiate us from them – our remarkable capacity for innovation – was still only a faint trace at this time, a latent capacity. During the first hundred thousand years of our existence, we were confined to a small area in the hot, dry savanna of East Africa.

There . . . we roamed, sweat, and slept beneath the stars on hard ground. We lived like the animals that we are . . .