Steel Guns Germs And Steel Summary

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Chapter 1: Diamond’s first attempt at answering Yali’s question begins with another question: did some continents have a head start in civilization over others? The beginning of civilization is traced back to the ape species in Africa about 7 million years ago. They divergence from apes to humans took place from then to the end of the last Ice Age 13,000 years ago. This could have set Africa “ahead” of the other continents. Another major component is when the humans would develop germs, guns, and steel. Due to the Americas’ larger area and more diverse environment, it is possible that they possessed the “head start.” Eurasia could be the more advanced continent because of its artwork and more complex tools. The development of the various continents

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