We may still be living in the end of it, or between ice ages.
The glaciers and sheets of ice that covered many of the countries we know today, however, stopped their rampage about 12,000 years ago. A warmer climate prevailed, which melted the ice.
The climate and extent of ice today stabilized—probably temporarily—about 6,000 years ago. That’s not long ago, given the span of Earth’s geological history: some 4 billion years.