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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.
The Paleolithic Period. Also called Old Stone Age. See Usage Note at Three Age system.
a variant spelling of Palaeolithic
Pa•le•o•lith•ic(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.).
Belonging to the earliest period of the Stone Age, during which primitive human beings emerged and the first stone tools were made.
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|Noun||1.||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 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"|