Definitions for paleolithicˌpeɪ li əˈlɪθ ɪk; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Pa•le•o•lith•icˌpeɪ li əˈlɪθ ɪk; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-(adj.)

  1. (sometimes l.c.) of, designating, or characteristic of the early phase of the Stone Age: usu. divided into three periods

    Category: Archaeology

    Ref: ( Lower Paleolithic, c2,000,000–c200,000 b.c. , Middle Paleolithic, c150,000–c40,000 b.c. , Upper Paleolithic, c40,000–c10,000 b.c.) .

Origin of Paleolithic:

1860–65

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Paleolithic Age, Paleolithic, Palaeolithic(adj)

    second part of the Stone Age beginning about 750,00 to 500,000 years BC and lasting until the end of the last ice age about 8,500 years BC

  2. paleolithic, palaeolithic(adj)

    of or relating to the second period of the Stone Age (following the eolithic)

    "paleolithic artifacts"

Wiktionary

  1. Paleolithic(Noun)

    A period that lasted from two and a half million years ago to 10,000 BC; the Old Stone Age.

  2. Paleolithic(Adjective)

    Of or referring to the Old Stone Age (the Paleolithic period or Paleolithic age).

    These laws are absolutely paleolithic.

  3. paleolithic(Adjective)

    Often used more generally to suggest that something is extremely outdated.

    These laws are absolutely paleolithic.

  4. Origin: From paleo- + λίθος + -ic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paleolithic(adj)

    of or pertaining to an era marked by early stone implements. The Paleolithic era (as proposed by Lubbock) includes the earlier half of the "Stone Age;" the remains belonging to it are for the most part of extinct animals, with relics of human beings

Freebase

  1. Paleolithic

    The Paleolithic Age, Era or Period, is a prehistoric period of human history distinguished by the development of the most primitive stone tools discovered, and covers roughly 99% of human technological prehistory. It extends from the earliest known use of stone tools, probably by hominins such as australopithecines, 2.6 million years ago, to the end of the Pleistocene around 10,000 BP. The Paleolithic era is followed by the Mesolithic. The date of the Paleolithic—Mesolithic boundary may vary by locality as much as several thousand years. During the Paleolithic, humans grouped together in small societies such as bands, and subsisted by gathering plants and fishing, hunting or scavenging wild animals. The Paleolithic is characterized by the use of knapped stone tools, although at the time humans also used wood and bone tools. Other organic commodities were adapted for use as tools, including leather and vegetable fibers; however, due to their nature, these have not been preserved to any great degree. Surviving artifacts of the Paleolithic era are known as paleoliths. Humankind gradually evolved from early members of the genus Homo such as Homo habilis – who used simple stone tools – into fully behaviorally and anatomically modern humans during the Paleolithic era. During the end of the Paleolithic, specifically the Middle and or Upper Paleolithic, humans began to produce the earliest works of art and engage in religious and spiritual behavior such as burial and ritual. The climate during the Paleolithic consisted of a set of glacial and interglacial periods in which the climate periodically fluctuated between warm and cool temperatures.

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