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Prehistory
The time period before written records.
Archaeologists
A person who studies artifacts to try and learn about prehistoric culture.
Anthropologist
A person who studies fossils (bones) to try and learn about prehistoric culture.
Paleolithic Age
Often called the "Old Stone Age" because this period of time began almost 2.5 million years ago.
Glaciers
Large sheets of ice that covered the earth during the "Ice Age."
Nomads
People who move from place to place in search of food and warmer climates.
Migration
The process of moving from place to place in search of food and warmer climates.
Radio Carbon Dating
The process of finding out how old artifacts and fossils are based on how much carbon they contain.
Lucy
The oldest, most complete skeleton of a walking human that has ever been found.
Mesolithic Age
The time period between the Paleolithic Age and the Neolithic Age.
Ice Age
The time period where the world's temperature dropped and the water on the earth froze creating large sheets of ice called glaciers.
Domesticate
To tame wild animals for human use.
Artifacts
Objects shaped by human hands, like tools or weapons.
A.D.
This is considered to be "modern history"--stands for "Anno Domini"
Century
Period of 100 years.
Latitude
Lines that run east to west and measure how far north or south of the equator a location can be found.
Longitude
Lines that run north to south and measure how far east or west of the prime meridian a location can be found.
B.C.
Considered to be "Ancient History"--stands for "Before Christ"
Decade
Period of 10 years
Millenium
Period of 1000 years
Neolithic Age
When farming began and people started to settle into permanent villages.
Cave Paintings
The first prehistoric works of art. They provide us with information about prehistoric culture and daily life.
Homo Sapiens
People who were considered to be much more advanced than other prehistoric people because of their much larger brains.