Prehistory is the period before recorded history, that is, before the development of writing systems. Therefore, prehistory ends at different times in different regions, depending on when writing developed in that region. Much of what we know about prehistory comes from the study of archaeology.

See also prehistoric (fiction).

The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog
Written in Stone: A Journey Through the Stone Age and the Origins of Modern Language
The First Drawing
Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind
Dinosaur Art: The World's Greatest Paleoart
Europe Before Rome: A Site-By-Site Tour of the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages
Stonehenge: A New Understanding: Solving the Mysteries of the Greatest Stone Age Monument
Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins
Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
Kali's Song
Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes
Evolution The Human Story
Home: A Time Traveller's Tales from Britain's Prehistory
The Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story
The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, #2)
The Horse, the Wheel and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
The Plains of Passage (Earth's Children, #4)
After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5000 BC
The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children, #5)
Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children, #6)
The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neanderthals Died Out and We Survived
Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans
People of the Wolf (North America's Forgotten Past, #1)
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
The Inheritors
Dance of the Tiger: A Novel of the Ice Age
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Toba Beta
Prehistory of mankind is way too horrible to be remembered. But if we choose to ignore it, then we'll be doomed to repeat it.
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Benjamin Lee Whorf
A fair realization of the incredible degree of the diversity of linguistic system that ranges over the globe leaves one with an inescapable feeling that the human spirit is inconceivably old; that the few thousand years of history covered by our written records are no more than the thickness of a pencil mark on the scale that measures our past experience on this planet; that the events of these recent millenniums spell nothing in any evolutionary wise, that the race has taken no sudden spurt, ac ...more
Benjamin Lee Whorf

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