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Foraging Peoples

Archeologists date the first appearance of human beings to around 120,000 years ago, although some would argue for a date as early 250,000 years ago. The period between the arrival of the first humans and the development of agriculture is referred to as the Paleolithic Period or Old Stone Age.

Two important development in human society during the paleolithic period:

      • Migrations to most parts of the world.
      • The development of culture: the generally accepted patterns of behavior in a given society.
        • The development of language
        • The development of the visual arts
    • The nature of foraging society
      • Mobile.
      • Very low population density. During the Paleolithic period, the earth could have supported at most 10 million people.
      • Need for cooperation.
      • Centered around the extended family.
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