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The situation improved drastically 400,000 years ago for hominids, Marie-Hélène Moncel explains. Big predators disappeared, giving man much less competition. And with the invention of controlled fire around that time, he could survive in much harsher and colder conditions. After the last real ice-age, man could reclaim a lot of land that was inhabitable before. We are currently lucky to live currently in a moderated time, so it’s quite a shame that we take off so badly. We now live the first climate change that is perceived by man, previous ones were not in scale of human perception. Now we can for the first time perceive it, it has become the scale of a life-time. It is possible that things will change, in 100,000 years, given that we still inhabit this planet, there could come another ice-age. The current mankind has a complete sense of adaptation: we can live anywhere now. That would be the hope for the current climate change, that we will adapt. We don’t have the choice anyhow.

expert

  • Marie-Hélène Moncel

date

21/11/2015

location

Musée de l’Homme, Paris

is a director of research at the CNRS in the Institute for Human Paleontology of the National Museum of Natural History. Her work focuses on the first human settlements, the occupation of territories and the technical behaviors of the populations.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a director of research at the CNRS in the Institute for Human Paleontology of the National Museum of Natural History. Her work focuses on the first human settlements, the occupation of territories and the technical behaviors of the populations.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

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