Discoveries throughout time

By doge50
  • 40,000 BCE

    First cremation and first cave paintings

    First cremation and first cave paintings
    In Australia the first cremation was found, and cave paintings found in Spain and Indonesia have been dated back to be the oldest cave paintings in the world
  • 35,000 BCE

    First instrument

    First instrument
    The first instrument, a flute, was found in Germany. This invention would lead to music was a major step in humans expressing themselves.
  • 13,000 BCE

    Agriculture

    Agriculture
    Evidence of agriculture was found around the world, and would soon be one of the most important discoveries ever.
  • 11,000 BCE

    Domestication of animals

    Domestication of animals
    The first evidence of the domestication of animals was found in Southwest Asia
  • 7000 BCE

    First known fermentation of alchohol

    First known fermentation of alchohol
    In various parts of the world, particularly China, alcohol has been found to be distilled and fermented.
  • 4000 BCE

    First ever wheel

    First ever wheel
    The earliest evidence of wheels was discovered in Central Europe, both for transport and potter's wheels.
  • 3500 BCE

    First domesticated horse

    First domesticated horse
    The first evidence of domesticated horses was found in Eastern Asia, mostly where modern day Kazakhstan lies.
  • 3000 BCE

    Earliest depiction of writing

    Earliest depiction of writing
    The first evidence of written words and language was found in Mesopotamia, now known as Iraq
  • 3000 BCE

    First papyrus

    First papyrus
    This discovery of papyrus in Egypt will soon lead to paper being used all over the world, allowing for books and texts being available to be made.
  • 2000 BCE

    Earliest historical evidence of coins, glass and chariots

    Earliest historical evidence of coins, glass and chariots
    In Lydia(modern day Lebanon), Egypt and Russia, the earliest evidence of glass, coins and chariots have been found in each of the three countries respectively.
  • Period: 2000 BCE to

    Discoveries throughout history

    By Paul Bui and Chris(Seungmin) Jung
  • 700 BCE

    First ever lighthouse

    First ever lighthouse
    The earliest evidence of a lighthouse has been found in Egypt
  • 500 BCE

    Earliest historical findings of cast iron

    Earliest historical findings of cast iron
    The first evidence of cast iron were found in Ancient China, found in a tomb.
  • 400 BCE

    Gears are found

    Gears are found
    The first gears are found in Ancient China, used in an ancient crank which scientists believe was used to pull out water from a well
  • 300 BCE

    First use of medicine

    First use of medicine
    Mandragora (containing atropin) was described by Theophrastus in the fourth century B.C. for treatment of wounds, gout, and sleeplessness, and as a love potion. It was quickly discovered to be an anaesthetic, as well as as a sleeping drug.
  • 202 BCE

    Ancient paper making artifacts and paper

    Ancient paper making artifacts and paper
    Ancient wrapping paper and padding have been found in China, as well as evidence of pulp papermaking processes
  • 150 BCE

    Discovery of how tides are affected

    Discovery of how tides are affected
    Seleucus of Seleucia discovers that tides are caused by the moon
  • 118 BCE

    First wheelbarrow

    First wheelbarrow
    The first wheelbarrow was found in a tomb in China, dating back to the Han dynasty
  • 150

    Model of solar system

    Model of solar system
    Ptolemy of Greece produced the geocentric model of the solar system where all other planets, and the sun, revolve around the Earth
  • 618

    First ever banknote

    First ever banknote
    The first ever bank note was found in China, dating back to the Tang dynasty. They were used as receipt of deposit between merchants.
  • 650

    First windmill

    First windmill
    The first windmill was found in Persia, allowing grain to be processed efficiently, allowing it to be one of the most eaten foodstuffs in the world
  • 761

    First historical use of gunpowder

    First historical use of gunpowder
    The first evidence of the use of gunpowder was found in China in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period
  • 1031

    First ever ambulance

    First ever ambulance
    The first ever historical depiction of ambulances was found in Palestine and Lebanon, used by the crusaders
  • 1119

    Mariner's compass found

    Mariner's compass found
    The first ever mariner's compass, using a magnetised needle, was found in China, dating back to the Song dynasty. It was depicted as a magnetised needle floating in a bowl of water.
  • 1200

    First rocket

    First rocket
    The first evidence of rockets, for military and recreational uses, date back to at least 13th century China.
  • 1282

    First ever eyeglasses

    First ever eyeglasses
    The first eyeglasses were found in Italy
  • 1416

    First spring

    First spring
    The first ever coil spring was invented in Europe
  • 1439

    Printing press invention

    Printing press invention
    The first ever printing press was invented in the Holy German Empire, in Mainz, using screw presses. It was first used in a lawsuit against Gutenberg
  • 1456

    First ever rifle

    First ever rifle
    The first made rifle was found in Europe, which shot a tiny iron pellet.
  • 1577

    First ever newspaper

    First ever newspaper
    The first ever newspaper was used in Korea
  • Invention of telescope

    Invention of telescope
    The telescope was first used in the Netherlands, where it quickly spread. It consisted of a lens and a tube, which magnified all images viewed from it.
  • Discovery of workings of circulatory system

    Discovery of workings of circulatory system
    William Harvey, an English scientist, discovered the way blood circulation takes nutrience and oxygen around the body.
  • FIrst ever piano

    FIrst ever piano
    The first ever piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori in Italy
  • First ever steam engine

    First ever steam engine
    Thomas Newcomen builds the first commercial steam engine to pump water out of mines, using a piston.
  • First refrigerator

    First refrigerator
    William Cullen invents the world's first artificial refrigeration device.
  • First telegraph

    First telegraph
    In France, Claude Chappe invents the modern semaphore telegraph.
  • First vaccine

    First vaccine
    Edward Jenner develops the first successful vaccine, the smallpox vaccine, which went on to save countless lives
  • Discovery of morphine

    Discovery of morphine
    Friedrich Sertürner discovers Morphine as the first active alkaloid extracted from the opium poppy plant in December 1804 by extracting the latex from the poppy pods/
  • First computer

    First computer
    Charles Babbage, considered the "father of the computer", begins building the first programmable mechanical computer.
  • Invention of morse code

    Invention of morse code
    American painter Samuel Morse invents Morse code.
  • First telephone invented

    First telephone invented
    Scottish born inventor Alexander Graham Bell has a patent granted for the telephone. However, other inventors before Bell had worked on the development of the telephone and the invention had several pioneers.
  • First lightbulb invented

    First lightbulb invented
    English inventor Joseph Swan and American Thomas Edison both patent a functional Incandescent light bulb. Some two dozen inventors had experimented with electric incandescent lighting over the first three-quarters of the 19th century but never came up with a practical design.
  • First ever petrol-fuelled car invented

    First ever petrol-fuelled car invented
    German engineer Karl Benz invents the first petrol or gasoline powered auto-mobile. There had been, in the past, steam powered cars, however, Karl Benz's ran more efficiently and more powerfully than all others.
  • First broadcast

    First broadcast
    The first instantaneous transmission of images, or television broadcast, is carried out by Georges Rignoux and A. Fournier in Paris
  • Penicillin is discovered

    Penicillin is discovered
    Penicillin is first observed to exude antibiotic substances by Nobel laureate Alexander Fleming. He discovered the substance to be able to help with infections.
  • First commercial handheld telephone

    First commercial handheld telephone
    The first commercially available cell phone, the DynaTAC 8000X, is created by Motorola, and American telecommunications company
  • World Wide Web introduced

    World Wide Web introduced
    The World Wide Web is first introduced to the public by English engineer and computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee