jul 26, 122000 BC - paleolitic
The Paleolithic (from the Greek παλαιός, palaiós: 'ancient', and λίθος, lithos: 'stone') etymologically means ancient stone, a term created by archaeologist John Lubbock in 1865 as opposed to Neolithic (Modern Age of Stone). It is the longest period of existence of the human being (in fact covers 99% of it) and extends from about 2.85 million years (in Africa) 1 until about 12 000 years ago. Together with the Mesolithic / Epipaleolithic (transition phases) and Neolithic, the so-called Stone Age, so called because the development of lithic utensils has served the archaeologists to characterize it (as opposed to the later Age of Metals).
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