The Ice Age!

Self is on Chapter 3 of A Short History of Humanity: A New History of Old Europe. Fascinating stuff!

Shortly after our human ancestors arrived in Central Europe (“Shortly” meaning: hundreds of thousands of years), the last Ice Age — what Krause calls the “Glacial Maximum” — “extinguished all life in Central Europe. For 6,000 years . . . ”

(Excuse self while she picks her jaw up from the floor)

Some people fled to the Iberian Peninsula, and Krause says those people survived. The “glaciated” Pyrenees cut off this group from the rest of Europe.

“They could see across the Strait of Gibraltar to Africa, but they couldn’t reach the far shore, possessing neither the technological know-how nor the physical capability to traverse the fourteen-kilometer distance . . . “

As for the people left behind in Central Europe, “it’s safe to assume that the freezing temperatures in Central Europe killed the majority of the region’s inhabitants.”

Another group, living in the Balkans, survived. These people were “technologically highly developed hunter-gatherers with blue eyes and dark skin.”

How can one not be fascinated?

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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