- This article is about humans in the Dreamwalkers setting. For humans in Erudite Tales, see Human (Erudite Tales).
Humans are beings native to Earth.
The earliest members of the lineage closer to modern Homo Sapiens than Homo Erectus emerged over 500,000 years ago. However, 200,000 years ago is when anatomically modern humans are conventionally placed. These humans originated in East Africa.
But Homo Sapiens were not alone. In fact, since the earliest hominids diverged from the other great apes millions of years ago, there have almost always been more multiple species of humanoids living simultaneously. While Homo Sapiens existed in Africa, Neanderthals, the mysterious Denisovans and the real-life halflings of the Indonesian island of Flores: Homo Floresiensis, all lived outside of Africa at the same time.
While other human species stuck to ranges - the Neanderthals to Europe and the Denisovans to central Asia - Homo Sapiens dispersed early and fast. By 40,000 years ago, they had already spread to almost all of Africa, Europe and Asia. In the wake of their migrations, other human species became extinct with archaeological remains and genetic influence on Homo Sapiens as their only traces today.
Homo Sapiens became the first human species to reach the Americas and the only species bold enough to brave vast oceans on tiny boats in search of the pacific islands.
Expansion in the Gyrus
The insatiable curiosity of Homo Sapiens lead to them dispersing through the dreamworlds of the Sol cluster and beyond. More than sixty thousand years ago, they discovered Atzlan and thirty-three-thousand years ago they settled Coracan in the Primanna cluster. Together with the Lusderra cluster and many other scattered dreamworlds and dreamworld clusters, these regions form the Anthrosphere of human influence in the Gyrus.
Typically, these human populations have evolved separate, parallel cultures and civilisation, each distinctly and uniquely human. Because of long periods of isolation, different populations of Homo Sapiens have small genetic differences between clusters.
Humanity's home planet of Earth has the highest concentration of humans on any one world, at 7.8 billion as of April 2020. Coracan, in the Primanna has the next highest population of 5.1 billion. Between these two planets, there are 13 billion humans. However, the population of humans in the vast and scattered dreamworlds beyond is not truly known.
Humans are generalists, using their intelligence to craft ways to survive and thrive in nearly every kind of environment. They are born with an immense curiosity and desire to explore, learn and understand. Explorers striking out into the unknown and innovators working to improve the human condition are often highly respected in human societies, if not when they are alive, then as a role model and inspiration for future generations.
As a part of the human desire to understand the world they live in, storytelling and mythology have become incredibly important and universal aspects of human culture. Their legends and mythic characters are as diverse and varied as the human cultures they come from. From these mythologies, religions formed and spirits were created.
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