Upper Paleolithic

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

(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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Noun1.Upper Paleolithic - the time period during which only modern Homo sapiens was known to have existed; ended about 10,000 years BC
Palaeolithic, Paleolithic, Paleolithic Age - 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
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The Selkakangas cairn was built in a marine environment, in a low and narrow moraine ridge that during the Late Stone Age or Early Bronze Age (1600 BC) was a long peninsula in a vast bay on the north-eastern side of the modern valley of Kokemaenjoki.
Linda Fibiger, an archaeologist at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and her colleagues focused on the late Stone Age, when European hunter-gatherers had transitioned into farming or herding animals.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) noted that Al Ain was continuously inhabited since the Late Stone Age.
The expedition found pottery fragments that indicated that the site dates back to the late Stone Age and the Bronze Age.
Those of us who still have the right to cut small quantities of peat for fuel often find tree roots on the sand and gravel beneath the peat and occasionally mesolithic flints also, which show that the moors were covered in scrubby woodland in the relatively dry and warm conditions of the middle to late stone age, and that the peat was formed later when the climate became more cold and wet; this led to the growth of sphagnum moss which choked the trees and created the peat.
Along the Upper Indus and its tributaries, there are more than 50,000 petroglyphs carved into boulders and rock faces representing a time span from the late stone age to the coming of Islam.
Confirmation of the bacterium=92s evolutionary age will depend on finding late Stone Age skeletons that show signs of infection, and then successfully extracting DNA from them.
Speech-related genes must have succumbed to evolutionary pressures for improved communication in the expanding populations of the late Stone Age and at the dawn of farming, Hawks reasons.
Of course, frequent shoe-wearing dates only to the middle Upper Paleolithic period - otherwise known as the Late Stone Age, from 40,000 to 10,000 years ago - according to a 2005 article in the Journal of Archaeological Science by researcher Erik Trinkaus.
However, whatever you may have thought about the Neanderthals, the author suggests that many if not all of our domestic 'artificial' cleaning skills were developed in the late Stone Age.
One of them scrawled "Brian Finlay slept here" on a stone bedpost, while other graffiti on the 5,000-year-old late Stone Age dwellings included: "Scouse Celts".
Summary information on some Late Islamic sites can be found in Czastka and Hellyer (1994), Hellyer (1998 and 1999) and King & Hellyer (2002), with Harris (1998) reporting on a Late Stone Age site south of Liwa and Holmes (2001) on an Iron Age site near Al Ain.