I’ve just published my first ‘real’ article since pre-COVID times! It’s another piece for Rob Nelson’s StoneAgeMan, and it’s about – appropriately – the Stone Age.
Of course, the Stone Age is an immense span of time that covers millions of years. To make things easier for myself and more relevant to readers, my latest article focuses on a small portion of the Stone Age: the Upper Paleolithic period.
The Upper Paleolithic roughly spans from 45,000 – 10,000 years ago, although every source seems to list slightly different dates. It’s the time period in which our species, Home sapiens sapiens, left Africa in large numbers and settled most of the world. The Upper Paleolithic also saw an immense amount of change – climatic, technological, and cultural – making it a vital period for understanding how we came to be “us.”
In the StoneAgeMan article, I explain these changes using the best sources I could find. What this means is that I had to read about 50,000 peer-reviewed articles and then stitch together what life was like in the Upper Paleolithic based on tidbits of information I found in each one.
Without further ado, here’s the link to the article. I’ve also posted the first subsection below:
Life in the Stone Age: The Upper Paleolithic
The Stone Age is a period that modern people frequently mythologize, and in polarized ways.
On the one hand, the Stone Age is characterized as a time of hardship, when early humans struggled to survive in a hostile environment.
Conversely, some modern people view the Stone Age as a time when our species lived closest to its evolutionary roots. This belief contributes to fads like paleo diets; and, in a more positive sense, to the desire to better understand the lives of our ancestors.
Since the vast majority of human life has been spent in the Stone Age, researching this time period could indeed provide valuable clues as to how to live healthier, happier lives.
The rest of this article, then, will explore what science has to say about a crucial portion of the Stone Age: the Upper Paleolithic. Examining this change-filled era demonstrates the importance of social networks to the survival of our species.
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