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Questions tagged [paleolithic]

The period from about 2.6 million years ago, when the first stone tools may have been made, up to around 10,000 BC. Also known as the 'Old Stone Age'.

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Do we have any evidence of humans being outcompeted/extirpated from an environment by another animal? [closed]

I'm not quite sure how far back the reach of History SE travels, but I thought I'd push my luck! As the question asks really. Do we have any evidence that suggests homo sapiens or any of our close ...
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How many people were there in a average Magdalenian group? (And what about Gravettian groups?)

The book "The Creation of Inequality" (Marcus & Fannery, 2012) says the Magdalenian groups were much larger than the Gravettian groups but doesn't provide a clear number (or I did not find them). ...
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Why have so few paleo-Indian skeletons been found?

I recently read Charles C. Mann's 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Second Edition, and was intrigued by the footnote on page 174: [Aleš] Hrdlička's complaint about the lack of ...
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Did Palaeolithic humans live longer than early Neolithic farmers?

Please quote published research. There is work on Paleolithic teeth that is often used as evidence to suggest that Paleolithic humans lived longer than early farmers (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/...
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Did humans hunt with dogs before planting crops for food?

Were humans hunting with dogs before they were planting crops?
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What were the PIE origins? [closed]

Is the origin of the Proto-Indo-European culture(s) known? They didn't just show up out of the blue, from what culture did they arise? The Yamna culture? The Corded Wear culture? Were they the first ...
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Is there an accepted explanation for multiple independent “cradles of civilization”?

Human history begins with millions of years of hunter-gathering and lithic technology: The Paleolithic ... is ... distinguished by the development of the most primitive stone tools ... and covers ...
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How did first humans build tools? [closed]

I'm referring this question in this way and tell me if I'm wrong: The first humans were just surrounded by: rocks, trees, plants, water, sand, animals, fruits. So how just with hands, mouth, feet ...
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Why are cave paintings so few and rare? [closed]

Just watched a few documentaries about cave paintings. While I acknowledge the importance of discovery, I can't help but question one simple thing - why are there so few paintings in those caves? ...
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When were domesticated animals tethered on a pole with a rope?

Domestication of plants and animals are thought to have happened during the neolithic period, roughly between 13000-7000 years ago. Now I'm interested of the history of using rope and central pole to ...
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Has there been any evidence of Denisovan DNA outside of the Denisova Caves? [closed]

Is this the only known source of Denisova hominins genetics?
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Why are there no dogs pictured in paleolithic cave paintings?

It has been described before that the occurence of raindeers is strangely low, while this was the main food source. But isn't it even stranger for dogs? Recent genetic research suggest that dogs were ...
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Homo Sapiens Sapiens: Are genetic studies to be trusted?

Bryan Sykes, an Oxford scientist, wrote a book called "The Seven Daughters of Eve" in which, using studies of mitochondrial DNA, he had claimed to be able to trace nearly all living Europeans back to ...
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What was the main diet of pre-agricultural Asians?

The modern Asian diet is based mostly around rice. Was rice a major part of the paleolithic Asian diet? Did they know how to process and eat rice before agriculture? Aside from meats, what were other ...
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Are the Neanderthals a subspecies of Homo sapiens or not? [closed]

For some time, scientists have debated whether Neanderthals should be classified as Homo neanderthalensis or Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, the latter placing Neanderthals as a subspecies of Homo ...
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Megafauna extinctions

If you have read Jared Diamond's works, you already know the question. There is a coincidence between planetary scale climate change, human settlement and megafauna extinctions. From giant kangaroos ...