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What is the significance of the Paleolithic Era in world history?

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perniciousness | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 10, 2012 at 6:35 AM via web

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What is the significance of the Paleolithic Era in world history?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 10, 2012 at 6:42 AM (Answer #1)

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This is the sort of question that would do better as a discussion since different people can have different opinions about it.

I would argue that it is very difficult to identify any way in which the Paleolithic Era is directly relevant to our history.  Of course, it is very important in one sense.  It was during the Paleolithic that human beings were coming to develop the sorts of technologies that would eventually allow them to engage in things like agriculture, thereby creating civilization.  In that sense, the Paleolithic was an important foundation for our history.

However, the Paleolithic does not really have much in the way of relevance for how human history played out, for what countries became powerful or for what ideologies became dominant.  In that sense, it is not very significant in world history.

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