The Most Impactful Developments In Our History

Humans have roamed the planet for thousands of years. Over the course of time, there have been major developments, which have shaped the way we live today. The infographic below provides a fascinating insight into the most significant milestones, charting our journey from cave dwellers to 21st-century citizens.

One million years ago, man made one of the most significant breakthroughs, discovering fire. The development of language paved the way for early communication, and today, more than 5,000 different languages are spoken around the world. Having focused on hunting and gathering for centuries using handmade tools, humans started farming around 20,000 years ago. This industry remains an important sector for the majority of countries.

Interest in mathematics, science and astronomy grew throughout the ages. Early man was fearful of the sky, but by 230 BCE, theories about the Earth revolving around the sun and star maps emerged. The Scientific Revolution occurred in Europe between 1500 and 1700, with Isaac Newton and Nicolaus Copernicus leading the way. By the turn of the century in 1800, the world was caught up in the industrial revolution. Machinery and technology became increasingly influential, with production increasing and global trade taking off.

Today, we live in the age of digitalization, and we are more reliant on technology than ever before. We can communicate with people in another corner of the globe within a matter of seconds and we use computers to do everything from sending emails to checking the weather.

This intriguing infographic shows just far we have come, and you can’t help but wonder what the future holds.

Infographic Created By Norwich University


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