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The Stone Age

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The Stone Age

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  1. The Stone Age • Old Stone age=Paleolithic Paleo means “old” like paleontologist • Middle Stone age=Mesolithic Me like “medium” • New stone Age=Neolithic Neo=New

  2. Paleolithic Age • 2.5 million to 8,000 BCE • Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus, and Homo Sapiens • Humans lived as hunters and gatherers • Simple Stone Tools with single sharp edges to cut • 500,000 BCE control fire

  3. Mesolithic Age • 10,000 to 6,000 BCE • Developed needles, spears, harpoons • Specialized in hunting specific animals • Grindstones to prepare vegetables • Bridge between old and new stone ages

  4. Neolithic Age • 8,000-3000 BCE • ONLY Homo Sapiens • Could polish stone tools, make pottery • Grow crops, raise animals • Settle in villages