The African Origins of Humanity, Prehistory–10,000 BCE

A stone technique where stone workers first shaped a hard rock into a cylinder or cone.

In the Australian Dreamtime, the shaman constructs an imaginary reality of the lineage's origins and roots, going back to the time when the world was created and the creator devised all customs, rituals, and myths.

Forerunners of humans after genetically splitting from the chimpanzees.

Early stone-carving technique, which consisted of splitting a stone into two, thereby producing sharp edges on both fragments. See also Acheulian and Levallois toolmaking.

Landscape in which the topsoil unfreezes during the summer and supports dwarf shrubs, sedges and grasses, mosses, and lichens.

Prehuman species of the genus Australopithecus that existed before those classed under the genus Homo.

The first human characteristic of hominins, specifically, the ability to walk for short periods or distances on hind legs.

The original settlers of Australia, who arrived some 60,000-50,000 years before the arrival of European settlers at the end of the eighteenth century CE.

Broken forests with interspersed bush and grasslands.

A technique which consisted of flaking a hard piece of rock (especially flint, chert, or obsidian) on both sides into a triangle-shaped hand axe, with cutting edges, a handheld side, and a point.

The hypothesis that the people who eventually colonized the Americas spent approximately 10,000 years stranded on the Bering Land Bridge (Beringia), the now-submerged plain beneath the Bering Sea.

Old Stone Age, 2.5 million-11,500 years ago.