In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, European colonization of Africa developed rapidly in the Scramble for Africa.It is widely believed that Africa had up to 10,000 different states and autonomous groups with distinct languages and customs before it was colonized.Just prior to Saharan desertification, the communities that developed south of Egypt, in what is now Sudan, were full participants in the Neolithic revolution and lived a settled to semi-nomadic lifestyle, with domesticated plants and animals.
Later, gourds, watermelons, castor beans, and cotton were also collected and domesticated.
The people started capturing wild cattle and holding them in circular thorn hedges, resulting in domestication.
georgicus to be an early and primitive member of the H. The fossil record shows Homo sapiens living in Southern and Eastern Africa at least 200,000 to 150,000 years ago.
Around 40,000 years ago, the species' expansion out of Africa launched the colonization of the planet by modern human beings.
Disciplines such as the recording of oral history, historical linguistics, archaeology and genetics have been crucial. According to paleontology, the early hominids' skull anatomy was similar to that of the gorilla and the chimpanzee, great apes that also evolved in Africa, but the hominids had adopted a bipedal locomotion which freed their hands. By approximately 3.3 million years ago, primitive stone tools were first used to scavenge kills made by other predators and to harvest carrion and marrow from their bones.
This gave them a crucial advantage, enabling them to live in both forested areas and on the open savanna at a time when Africa was drying up and the savanna was encroaching on forested areas. By 4 million years ago, several australopithecine hominid species had developed throughout Southern, Eastern and Central Africa. In hunting, Homo habilis was probably not capable of competing with large predators and was still more prey than hunter. habilis probably did steal eggs from nests and may have been able to catch small game and weakened larger prey (cubs and older animals). Around 1.8 million years ago, Homo ergaster first appeared in the fossil record in Africa.They also started making pottery and built stone settlements (see Tichitt and Oualata).Fishing, using bone-tipped harpoons, became a major activity in the numerous streams and lakes formed from the increased rains.By 10,000 BC, Homo sapiens had spread to most corners of Afro-Eurasia.Their disperals are traced by linguistic, cultural and genetic evidence.From the late 15th century, Europeans joined the slave trade that includes the triangular trade, with the Portuguese initially acquiring slaves through trade and later by force as part of the Atlantic slave trade.