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Palaeolithic

/ˌpælɪəʊˈlɪθɪk/
noun
1.
the period of the emergence of primitive man and the manufacture of unpolished chipped stone tools, about 2.5 million to 3 million years ago until about 12 000 bc. See also Lower Palaeolithic, Middle Palaeolithic, Upper Palaeolithic
adjective
2.
(sometimes not capital) of or relating to this period
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  • To these palaeolithic implements, others of the Neolithic types succeeded in Europe.

    Prehistoric Man W. L. H. Duckworth
  • It is doubtful whether palaeolithic man has left any descendants.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • In fact, the alphabet is a collection of signs of palaeolithic antiquity and of vast diffusion.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • It has retained for ages the culture of the middle palaeolithic.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • Thus far, then, we are not entitled to speak of a North American palaeolithic and neolithic period.

  • The palaeolithic cave-dwellers of Europe were buried in their caves.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria Donald A. Mackenzie
  • Both are most interesting; the first named has an important collection of palaeolithic and Neolithic remains.

    Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes
  • Koldewey curiously speaks of the saw–blades as 'palaeolithic.'

  • On reaching the palaeolithic period we come to firmer ground and to evidence that is more certain and generally accepted.

  • So palaeolithic man may have ridden his simple bicycle of chipped flint in pursuit of his exogamous affinity.

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells

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