Includes the development of life on earth up to the time of modern man, as well as changes on the Earth itself.
"Prehistory" is the period of history before writing was invented and records kept. The term was coined by Daniel Wilson in 1851. The study of prehistory is concerned with events and developments for which material evidence survives. Adapted from The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition
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Animals existed for hundreds of millions of years before there were any humans, so we know about them only through evidence left behind, by careful study of their descendents, or in some cases, by studying living examples which have changed little since prehistoric times.
It seems that the first animals were those which lived in the sea, followed by the group known as dinosaurs, and much later, birds and mammals.
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"The remains or imprints of plants or animals preserved from prehistoric times by the operation of natural conditions. Fossils are found in sedimentary rock, asphalt deposits, and coal and sometimes in amber and certain other materials. The scientific study of fossils is paleontology."
From The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition
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This term is not well defined, but is often used to refer to the development of human culture around 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. Discussion continues between anthropologists, theologians, paleontologists and archeologists about when the terms "human" and "modern man" can be applied.
This category represents sites concerning early societies which had some form of culture in terms of tool making, painting, burial rituals or other activities for which evidence has survived.
Sites listed here will be concerned with the activities and environment of early humans.