December

Origin of Proconsul and Ramapithecus, probable ancestors of apes and men — 1:30 P.M.

Widespread use of stone tools —11:00 P.M.

Domestication of fire by Peking man —11:46 P.M.

Beginning of most recent glacial period —11:56 P.M.

Seafarers settle Australia 11:58*.M.

Extensive cave painting in Europe —11:59 P.M.

Invention of agriculture —11:59:20 P.M.

Neolithic civilization; first cities —11:59:35 P.M.

First dynasties in Sumer, Ebla and Egypt; development of astronomy — 11:59:50 P.M.

Invention of the alphabet; Akkadian Empire —11:59:51

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