Where these objects were found
1 Mummy of HornedjitefBrowse all British Museum objects
2 Olduvai Stone Chopping Tool
3 Olduvai Handaxe
4 Swimming Reindeer
5 Clovis Spear Point
Making Us Human (2,000,000 - 9000 BC)
Human life began in Africa. Here our ancestors created the first stone tools to chop meat, bones and wood. It is this ability to make objects that allowed humans to adapt to a multitude of environments and spread into the Middle East, Europe and Asia. From about 40,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, humans created the world’s first representational art. The Ice Age also caused the world’s sea levels to fall exposing a landbridge between Siberia and Alaska. This allowed humans to reach the Americas for the first time and rapidly spread across the continent.