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20 06, 2017

What was the Little Ice Age?

By |2018-04-19T14:47:22-07:00June 20th, 2017|Environment|0 Comments

Rice paddy with a Chinese man planting rice During the later Middle Ages, the climate all over the world was a little warmer than usual, just by a few degrees. We call this the Medieval Warm Period. In the Americas, the warm weather caused the Mexica people to move south into Mexico, and [...]

20 06, 2017

Farming and famine – Climate change

By |2019-04-09T19:16:10-07:00June 20th, 2017|Environment|0 Comments

Climate change: Hunters, bison and aurochs Cave painting from Lascaux, ca. 15,000 BC Climate change and human evolution Climate change encouraged the evolution of the first humans, who probably evolved in Africa as the climate got drier and grasslands replaced jungles. Human evolution Early primates African environment All our Africa articles People came [...]

31 05, 2017

Environment of Central Asia

By |2019-03-10T06:51:26-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Environment|0 Comments

Central Asian steppe What is the steppe? By the time the first Neanderthals reached Central Asia, maybe about 100,000 BC, most of Central Asia was covered by hundreds of miles of tall grass, like the prairies of South Dakota or Nebraska in North America. There were hardly any trees, and not much water. [...]

30 05, 2017

Ivan the Terrible – Russian History

By |2019-10-09T21:30:19-07:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Elena Glinskaya, ruler of Russia 1533-38 (before Ivan the Terrible) Ivan the Great When Ivan the Great, the first Czar of Russia, died in 1505 AD, he left Russia just beginning to be an important power in Central Asia. Who was Ivan the Great? Late Medieval timeline All our Central Asia articles Vasili [...]