9th Millennia B.C.E.

Net of Antrea

Humans invent the fishing net

The oldest known fishing net is the net of Antrea, found with other fishing equipment in the Karelian town of Antrea, Finland, in 1913. The net was made from willow, and dates back to 8300 B.C.E.

Cat

Humans and cats begin living together, perhaps in Cyprus

We know that humans have lived with cats for at least 10,000 years€”there’s a 9,500-year-old grave in Cyprus with a cat buried alongside its human, and ancient Egyptian art has a popular motif showing house cats eating fish under chairs.

Corn growing in the field

Humans in modern-day southern Mexico domesticate maize

Maize, also known as corn, is a cereal grain first domesticated by indigenous peoples in southern Mexico about 10,000 years ago. Maize has become a staple food in many parts of the world, with total production surpassing that of wheat or rice.

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