Stone Age

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A long period during which stones were utilized as the primary tool, making stone the definitive maker and marker of the era. Although humans were not the only beings to use stones during this period, the archaeological record documents the evolution both of human beings as well as the sophistication of the stone tools and technologies they were developing. The Stone Age is also often associated with the mythicized cavemen, beings who are imagined as hypersexualized, overtly violent, or incredibly stupid.

The Stone Age was followed by the Bronze Age, which was subsequently followed by the Iron Age. Currently, we are in the Information Age.

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"An imaginative and romanticized depiction of the Stone Age." by Viktor M. Vasnetsov is licensed under CC BY-SA.