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    Posted: 29-May-2009 at 08:58
This is meant to be a little contribution to debate about what is the difference between the early history of man on this planet (where we know about hunters and gatherers) and the last 5 to ten millenia, in which other kinds of civilisations developed.
Very few will probably deny that the end of big glaciers in large parts of continents may have benefitted the development of diverse civilisations, and the spread of humans.
Other factors,not so obvious, may have contributed as well. Thousends of years ago big "inner parts" of what is now european waters were either land, or lakes, like the Baltics, the Black sea and even long ago great part of North Sea between the Continent and Britain. The opening of those waters meant a very big difference, making a coast and sea civilisation possible for the following millenia. Probably a very significant factor in later periods of european development, and even part of middle east too  perhaps. Indirectly now also for global civilisation, since the later depend heavily on earlier more "local" european development. (not to say that other, similar waters were not important too)
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