Journey of Mankind animation rocks

Check out this cool animation showing the migration of humans from 160,000 to 8,000 years ago (link via Dr. D’Adamo).  Stephen Oppenheimer pulled together evidence from mitochondrial DNA, Y chromosome, archaeology, climatology, and fossil study to trace our ancestors’ migration paths around the globe.

Along the way, popup links will give you extensive information about archaeological finds that tie into what we know about our prehistory.  Badly-behaved popup alert: popup windows resize the browser window, so if you have Firefox configured to pop up in a tab, it runs your browser through the trash compacter.

I like the way the map shows the advance and retreat of the ice along with the migration routes.  And check out the super-eruption of Mt. Toba 74,000 years ago:

Ouch!  Wouldn’t want that to happen again anytime soon.

I think it would be cool if the animation continued through the last 8000 years to the present day.  Imagine all the arrows!

I wonder what Greg Laden thinks about this site?





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4 Responses to Journey of Mankind animation rocks

  1. I wonder how it will look like when Global Warming will raise water levels, forcing large migrations, for example from California, all of Holland, etc.

    • Nowadays a lot of migrations are global (people going everywhere else), so that could be hard to represent in terms of arrows. What might work better would be a "heat map" showing blue for areas people are leaving en masse, graduated to read for areas where people are arriving (net).

  2. I wonder how it will look like when Global Warming will raise water levels, forcing large migrations, for example from California, all of Holland, etc.

    • Nowadays a lot of migrations are global (people going everywhere else), so that could be hard to represent in terms of arrows. What might work better would be a “heat map” showing blue for areas people are leaving en masse, graduated to read for areas where people are arriving (net).