Over the course of the expedition we ran through a total of 254.5 million years, from before the start of the dinosaurs to the ascent of mankind. Yesterday we arrived back at present day.
Human evolution has spanned several million years, with modern humans present by about 200,000 years ago. Man entered the North America between 20,000 and 30,000 years ago, but today we will be focusing on prehistory in the formative (agricultural) period, about 1000 years ago. The people found in this area at that time were of the Fremont and Anasazi cultures, or Ancestral Peubloans.
When you run today please consider what life would have been like for the early people of this region, how they would have lived on this land you are running through, which is essentially unchanged from then. How did they function in a world without cars, roads, stores, and cellphones? What impact have the changes in our technology and culture in the past 1000 had on the environment? Given what you have learned over the past 8 days what conclusions can you make about the relationship between human activity and world ecology.
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