The Stone Age Essay

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Prehistory that Shaped Today
The Stone Age was the millennium of the modern world. The Neolithic and the Paleolithic eras consists of many comparisons within entities regarding the usage of stone tools, the development of art paintings, and the differences in physical geography that has shaped the world today.

The usage of stone tools began two million years ago with stone chipping. With stone chipping the early humans, or also known as Homo sapiens wanted to find a way to persist. The Homo sapiens discovered that by chipping the edge of a large stone or a large pebble made a sharp edge. These chipped stone tools were often use for defense, hunting animals, or cutting. Also other tools were made out of bone, ivory, and antlers
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The stone tools of the Neolithic and the Paleolithic eras helped later on in the Stone Age with cutting up resources to make pigment or paint. Prehistoric art was the way early people told stories or rituals, and hunted. Art in the Paleolithic and Neolithic had some resemblances, but were very uniquely different.
As years progress to the 1800’s dwellings started popping up in Northern and Western Europe, Spain, and Dordogne of France. Dating back to 14,000 to 13,500 B.C. in the Paleolithic era. Paintings became discover by explorers and archeologists by accidents. Many paintings in cave dwellings told how animals were hunted, and how stories were told. Paintings uncovered in Europe included stories of how animals were hunted with tools or harpoons. France widely became popular in the late 1870’s with a cave discover in Lascaux, France. Lascaux was discovered in 1879. The cave in Lascaux had paintings from the Paleolithic and the Neolithic periods that had been describe as “The large watercolor paintings were the finest examples of the Neolithic and Paleolithic life through art.”(Mazonowicz: 6). Many paintings in this famous cave dwelling were cattle, bison, and horses. The paintings looked the same until a closer look; archeologists believe that the paintings are different. Close up a Paleolithic cow may have one horn, but a cow in the Neolithic era may have two horns. After the outbreak of prehistoric art, in France, dwellings all over Europe and in

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