This infographic, created by Norwich University, presents a closer look at some of the events that have helped to shape our lives in the 21st century.

Admittedly, it’s difficult to list all of humanity’s’ achievements in one infographic, but from a high level perspective, many of the most important developments in human history are presented.  From harnessing the power of fire, to the development of language, mathematics, the scientific method, and eventually modern electronics, it’s astonishing to see the progress that humans have achieved in such a short period of time.  One can only imagine what the next century or millennia will bring.

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Source: Norwich University