Africa have been in existence for a long time and we have people and events that have shaped our history of who we are and where we are coming from. Use this group to talk about histories pertaining to African origin.
Africa as a continent has a lot of facts that can’t be easily exhausted and it will be interesting to explore if Africa is the oldest continent, just like you have always wanted to know.
The continent is sometimes nicknamed the “Mother Continent” due to it being the oldest inhabited continent on Earth is a continent of 1.216 billion inhabitants who have lived in the continent for more than 5 million years dating back to ancestors and great grandparents.
Africa is the second-largest continent and is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Atlantic Ocean. The continent includes the islands of Cape Verde, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Comoros.
Africa’s physical geography, environment and resources, and human geography can be considered separately.
However, Australia is believed to be the oldest continent. This is evident in the found fossils and this marks remains of the earliest life on earth, dating back millions of years. Archaeologists know Australia to be a continent with some of the most unique collections of life, because of the age of the fossils and stromatolites found in Australia. Moreover, the continent is considered one of the best to find unique artifacts involving both geology and human/animal evolution.
Australia is a good example of the evolutionary principle of isolation because animals that live on that continent are some of the most unique animals found on Earth. This includes animals such as the platypus, kangaroo, and the spiny anteater, known as the echidna.
The origin of the name “Africa” is greatly disputed by scholars. Most believe it stems from words used by the Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans. Important words include the Egyptian word Afru-ika, meaning “Motherland”; the Greek word aphrike, meaning “without cold”; and the Latin word aprica, meaning “sunny.”
Today, Africa is home to more countries than any other continent in the world. These countries are The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Comoros, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea and the island countries of Cape Verde, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Morocco, Western Sahara (Morocco), Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, and Tunisia.
Lastly, Africa is not the oldest continent among the seven continents but is the oldest inhabited continent and the second largest.