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 Forbidden (The Ancestors Saga, #1)
Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
Ancestors: A History of Britain in Seven Burials
Otherlands: A Journey Through Earth's Extinct Worlds
Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art
Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America
Time Song: Searching for Doggerland
Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas
Het hele soepzootje
America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization
Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind
A Short History of Humanity: A New History of Old Europe
Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From
The Smart Neanderthal: Cave Art, Bird Catching, and the Cognitive Revolution
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)
After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20,000-5000 BC
The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, #2)
Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art
The Mammoth Hunters (Earth's Children, #3)
The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children, #5)
The Plains of Passage (Earth's Children, #4)
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art
The Inheritors
The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children, #6)

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