Prehistoric Humans

[This document was prepared for homeschool.]

History is the record of human events since the beginning of writing.

According to the evidence found so far, the first writing took place about 3,200 BC in Mesopotamia.

Prehistory, or the prehistoric era, is the period of time before the beginning of writing.

Prehistoric humans learned to do many things:

  1. Fashion tools from stone, wood, bone, antler, ivory, and metal.
  2. Control fire.
  3. Speak a sophisticated language.
  4. Make clothing.
  5. Create and use spears, bows and arrows.
  6. Domesticate animals, including dogs, cattle and horses.
  7. Weave baskets.
  8. Turn clay into pottery and brick.
  9. Farm and irrigate.
  10. Build houses and other structures.
  11. Create and use boats.
  12. Make wheeled vehicles.


Over the course of two and a half million years, humans went from being a relatively small number of stone-tool-using individuals in tropical Africa, to tens of millions of of sophisticated tool-users scattered across the globe; from scavenging and avoiding predators, to being at the top of the food chain; and from being a small part of one ecosystem to being the dominant species on the planet.

About Mark James Wooding

I was born. I was scared. I tried to get back to the warm place, but they wouldn't let me. I cried. Since that quite unexpected and traumatic event, I've been trying to make the best of things. I've written a book called Seek Wisdom, Practice Kindness, which contains a philosophy of life as well as an attempt to describe why people do the things they do. I edited a book called The Magical World of Poetry, a collection of public domain poetry that includes many of the traditional favorites and a few others I was fortunate enough to come across. Both books can be read on their respective websites, which are listed in my Links section. I also wrote a novel called Sasha and Samantha Save the World, which is available on
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