Paleolithic


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Pa·le·o·lith·ic

 (pā′lē-ə-lĭth′ĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to the cultural period of the Stone Age beginning with the earliest chipped stone tools, about 2.4 million years ago, until the beginning of the Mesolithic Period, about 15,000 to 11,500 years ago in western Asia and southern Europe.
n.
The Paleolithic Period. Also called Old Stone Age. See Usage Note at Three Age system.

paleolithic

(ˌpælɪəʊˈlɪθɪk)
adj
a variant spelling of Palaeolithic

Pa•le•o•lith•ic

(ˌpeɪ li əˈlɪθ ɪk; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-)

adj.
(sometimes l.c.) of, designating, or characteristic of the early phase of the Stone Age: usu. divided into three periods (Lower Paleolithic, c2,000,000–c200,000 b.c., Middle Paleolithic, c150,000–c40,000 b.c., Upper Paleolithic, c40,000–c10,000 b.c.).
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Pa·le·o·lith·ic

(pā′lē-ə-lĭth′ĭk)
The cultural period of the Stone Age that began about 2 million years ago, marked by the earliest use of tools made of chipped stone. The Paleolithic Period ended at different times in different parts of the world, between about 40,000 and 10,000 years ago. Compare Mesolithic, Neolithic.

Paleolithic

Belonging to the earliest period of the Stone Age, during which primitive human beings emerged and the first stone tools were made.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Paleolithic - second part of the Stone Age beginning about 750,00 to 500,000 years BC and lasting until the end of the last ice age about 8,500 years BCPaleolithic - second part of the Stone Age beginning about 750,00 to 500,000 years BC and lasting until the end of the last ice age about 8,500 years BC
Stone Age - (archeology) the earliest known period of human culture, characterized by the use of stone implements
Lower Paleolithic - the oldest part of the Paleolithic Age with the emergence of the hand ax; ended about 120,000 years ago
Middle Paleolithic - the time period of Neanderthal man; ended about 35,000 years BC
Upper Paleolithic - the time period during which only modern Homo sapiens was known to have existed; ended about 10,000 years BC
Adj.1.paleolithic - of or relating to the second period of the Stone Age (following the eolithic); "paleolithic artifacts"
Translations
paleoliittinen
paleolitikum
Paleolitik

paleolithic

adjpaläolithisch, altsteinzeitlich
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This is the last time I trust myself to one of these paleolithic contrivances.
I had forgotten what little geology I had studied at school--about all that remained was an impression of horror that the illustrations of restored prehistoric monsters had made upon me, and a well-defined belief that any man with a pig's shank and a vivid imagination could "restore" most any sort of paleolithic monster he saw fit, and take rank as a first class paleontologist.
He used to tell me about the various forms of animal and vegetable life which had covered the globe during former eras, and so I was pretty well acquainted with the fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals of paleolithic times.
The vitality of these creatures of Caspak is one of the marvelous features of this strange world and bespeaks the low nervous organization of the old paleolithic life which has been so long extinct in other portions of the world.
The Later Stone Age is synonymous to many archaeologists with the Upper Paleolithic Period, when modern humans moved from Africa into Europe roughly 45,000 years ago and spread rapidly, displacing and eventually driving Neanderthals to extinction.
This metamorphosed tree resin has intrigued humans since the Paleolithic era.
The large quantities of animal bones typical of many Middle Paleolithic sites attest to the inclusion of meat in the diet and this has contributed to a focus on flesh-eating in discussions of Neanderthal subsistence (Madella et al.
Many remains recovered in Europe from the Upper Paleolithic, the period from approximately 40,000 to 10,000 years ago, are widely recognized as products of intentional burial.
3 at the Sodehara ruins, where a group led by Shinichi Fujimura, who admitted last year to fabricating finds, claimed to have found Paleolithic items.
Lord Palmer, above, is a hereditary peer, a concept so outdated that carbon-testing is required to work out in which paleolithic era it was last deemed a good idea.
Contract notice: Archaeological Excavation Work Tranche 1 - Zac Les Portes Du Tarn - Paleolithic Period