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What is the Palaeolithic? - All the Important Bits for Key Stage 2

Updated: Oct 5



The Palaeolithic Era (also spelled "Paleolithic") was the ‘Old’ or ‘Early’ Stone Age.


It lasted for a crazy long time, from around 2.5 million years ago to 20,000 or 10,000 years ago.


Did you know? The Old Stone Age accounts for 99% of human history.


Here's the important stuff that happened:


  • The Palaeolithic was the first time humans used stone tools to hunt.

  • It marked the first appearance of cave paintings.

  • Our ancestors – Homo Sapiens turned up around 300,000 BC.

  • People were hunter gatherers at this time and would move from place to place to follow the animal herds.


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