Timeline of Prehistory
Interactive stone age timeline, from the first stone tools to the beginning of agriculture. This timeline includes periods and events from the Paleolithic, Neolithic and Metal Ages from 6.5 million years ago to year 450 BCE.
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Stone age timeline, from the first stone tools to the beginning of agriculture. This timeline includes Paleolithic, Neolithic and Metal Age events, from 6.5 million years ago to year 450 BCE. The timeline includes the main historical periods, secondary ones, as well as many historical events.
For children, download the free Timeline of Prehistory and History Periods (Simple Version). If interested in the prehistory of the United States, see the Prehistory of North America, the first in a series of three timelines about hte history of the USA.
This world prehistory timeline displays nearly 300 events that shaped early human history. The events explain the evolution of human behavior and the human body, the evolution of language and the invention of stone and metal tools. Also, animal extinctions, domestications, cave findings, prehistoric art and famous buildings from the Neolithic period. The Ice Age climate history for the past 3 million years is included too. A chart of Human Evolution is also shown in this timeline, with 19 hominids and over 80 relevant fossils from all over the world.
To learn more about the evolution of man, see the Timeline of Human Evolution.
For each event, links are provided to access online articles, primary sources and related history timelines.