Chapter 1: Nature,
Humanity, and History: The First Four
under "album" to view eighteen images of prehistoric art
discovered until 1994.
Fossil Evidence in 3-D
This site contains images of
and fossilized skulls that can be rotated and viewed using
Find images of fossilized skulls of
along with descriptions and timelines at this
A "virtual exhibition of mammoths and other animals,
plants of the ice ages is based on an exhibition held at the
Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, from May 11 to
September 18, 1994."
Painted Cave of Lascaux
This site offers thirty-three
from the Cave of Lascaux, an excellent source of paleolithic
It also offers links to other Lascaux sites and
of paleolithic cave art.
Click on the entrance to the cave for
three-dimensional presentation of the Cave of
collection of images of megaliths in Western Europe.
Stonehenge can be located in the "Stone Circles" of
The site also provides panoramic views of these
prehistoric sites using
site offers images and descriptions of current archaeological
at the site of one of the world's oldest cities. Most
newsletters that are hyperlinked include a variety of
images dealing with
multiple topics. While locating specific
topics may take a while,
this site is comprehensive and continually
Images, including several panoramic views, of ?atal
The site also includes links to other sources about the
Northern Africa: Saharan Rock Art
Images and descriptions
prehistoric rock art in Northern Africa.
Africa: Rock Art
Images and descriptions of prehistoric
art in Southern Africa.
Prehistory: The "Venus" of Willendorf
of the discovery of this famous object and its
signficance as well as numerous
images of the artifact can be found
by exploring this site.
chapter covers the longest span of time
of any in The Earth and
Its Peoples (Second
Edition). It explores the origins of
the first hominids
through the emergence of Homo sapiens
sapiens. To better comprehend
this development go to Human
You Try It. Click on the "Human Evolution Activity"
follow the instructions. When completed, go to Hominid
Timeline and click on each hyperlink.
When finished, make
your own timeline that traces the origins of human
sure to note dramatic developments. For example,
hominids spread to all continents? When did they begin
tools? What special advantages did newer species have
for greater survivability?
Another important distinction this
highlights is the transition from the Paleolithic to the
in human history. This transition is highlighted
on pages 11-25 of
The Earth and Its Peoples (Second
The last two paragraphs on page 11
explain the two terms.
As the authors stress, humans used tools
in both eras, but did so for different purposes.
difference between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods lies in what
tasks prehistoric humans were able to complete using these
Paleolithic humans were
hunters and gatherers. Neolitithic
humans were more likely farmers
or herders. To understand better this
shift in outlook, compare and
contrast artifacts from each era that
you observe at Paleolithic
Art Page, The
Hermitage Museum: Neolithic Art and Anatolian
Aceramic Neolithic-Neolithic 8000 - 5000BC. How
artifacts representative of each time period? How do the tools or
from each time period suggest different social
economic enterprises? You might want to print out
some of the images
to enhance your argument.
The authors of The Earth
Peoples (Second Edition) stress that changes
in the earth's
environment were largely responsible
for the transition from
paleolithic to neolithic organization. Go to The
Time Scale and identify the two environmental epochs or
which Homo sapiens sapiens resided. For more
these periods, see The
and The Holocene
write a short definition of each term. To explore the impact of
transition in environmental conditions, go to The
Pleistocene Extinctions and visit each hyperlink
horizontal lines. Explain how the environmental changes
Pleistocene and Holocene eras affected Homo sapiens
What influence did it have on the transformation of
humans societies from
paleolithic to neolithic
1991, hikers stumbled onto the remains
of an "Iceman" in the Italian
Alps. For further information, see
"Environment and Technology: The
Iceman," on page 15 of The
Earth and Its Peoples (Second
Edition). Also visit Discovery.com:
from the Stone Age and read the text and observe
linked from the first page. You might also choose to view
associated with each page. After reviewing
this material, describe
the life of this prehistoric man in a brief essay.
attention to how he and his community reacted to their enviroment.
other words, how was his community organized? How did they secure
food necessary for survival? What technology did they possess
helped them in this task? How did they address environmental
such as harsh weather or lack of