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Eurasia is a large landmass covering about 52,990,000 km2 (20,846,000 mi2) or about 10.6% of the [Earth] 's surface (36.2% of the land area). Often considered a single [continent] , "Most people recognize seven continents—Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia, from largest to smallest—although sometimes Europe and Asia are considered a single continent, Eurasia." Eurasia comprises the traditional continents of [Europe] and [Asia] (and Eurasia is a [portmanteau] of the two), concepts which date back to [classical antiquity] and the borders for which are somewhat arbitrary. Eurasia, in turn, is part of the yet larger landmass of [Afro-Eurasia] , whereby Eurasia is joined to [Africa] at the [Isthmus of Suez] .

Eurasia is inhabited by almost 4.8 billion people, more than 71% of the world's [population] .

History and culture

Jared Diamond, in his book [Guns, Germs and Steel] , credits Eurasia's dominance in world history to the east-west extent of Eurasia and its [climate] zones, and the availability of Eurasian animals and plants suitable for [domestication] . He sometimes includes [North Africa] in his definition of Eurasia.

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