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Timeline of human prehistory

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This timeline of human prehistory comprises the time from the first appearance of Homo sapiens in Africa 315,000 years ago to the invention of writing and the beginning of history, 5,000 years ago. It thus covers the time from the Middle Paleolithic (Old Stone Age) to the very beginnings of world history.

All dates are approximate subject to revision based on new discoveries or analyses.

Middle Paleolithic

See Timeline of human evolution, Timeline of natural history for earlier evolutionary history.

Upper Paleolithic

"Epipaleolithic" or "Mesolithic" are terms for a transitional period between the Last Glacial Maximum and the Neolithic Revolution in Old World (Eurasian) cultures.

Lion-man sculpture (Aurignacian, 40,000–35,000 years old)
Lion-man sculpture (Aurignacian, 40,000–35,000 years old)
Cave painting of a battle between archers, Morella la Vella, Spain, the oldest known depiction of combat.
Cave painting of a battle between archers, Morella la Vella, Spain, the oldest known depiction of combat.

Holocene

The terms "Neolithic" and "Bronze Age" are culture-specific and are mostly limited to cultures of the Old World. Many populations of the New World remain in the Mesolithic cultural stage until European contact in the modern period.

4th millennium BC

3rd millennium BC


Post-historical prehistories

See also

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