Ch. 2-The Stone Ages and Early Cultures

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Unit 1-Early Humans and Socities

Prehistory

Historians call this the time before there was writing.

Hominid

An early ancestor of humans.

Ancestor

A relative who lived in the past.

Tool

Any handheld object that has been modified to help a person accomplish a task.

Paleolithic Era

The first part of the Stone Age, when people first used stone tools.

society

A community of people who share a common culture.

hunter-gatherers

People who hunt animals and gather wild plants, seeds, fruits, and nuts to survive.

migrate

Move.

ice ages

Long periods of freezing weather.

land bridge

A strip of land connecting two continents.

Mesolithic Era

The Middle Stone Ages.

Neolithic Era

New Stone Age.

domestication

The process of changing plants or animals to make them more useful to humans.

agriculture

Farming.

Megaliths

Huge stones used as monuments.

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