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Early Humans and the Paleolithic Era

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Heather Newlin

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Transcript of Early Humans and the Paleolithic Era

Early Humans and the Paleolithic Era
Homo sapiens, meaning "
wise man
",emerged from Africa between 100,000 and 400,000 years ago.
1978- Mary Leaky discovered a prehistoric footprint resembling those of modern humans.
1974: Donald Johnanson found a near complete skeleton of an adult female hominid.
They named her "Lucy"
In east Africa, hominid remains have been discovered by archaeologists.
A hominid is a member of a biological group including human beings and related species that is bipedal (walks upright).
How did being bipedal benefit these hominids?
Early humans' survival depended on the availiability of their food, wild plants and animals.
Homo sapiens
migrated from Africa to Eurasia, Australia, and the Americas.
The period from 2.5 million years ago to 8000 B.C. is known as the
Paleolithic era
or the Old Stone Age

1 A.D.
2012 A.D.
8000 B.C
2.5 million years ago
Characteristics of the Paleolithic Era
significant climate changes
Humans were nomadic. They migrated in search of food, water, and shelter.
The first tools were invented
Homo sapiens
discovered how to make and use fire.
Humans lived together, or in clans, to make life easier. What are the benefits of living in these clans?
Homo sapiens
developed an oral language.
And humans began creating cave art....
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