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).

Die Reise unserer Gene: Eine Geschichte über uns und unsere Vorfahren
Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art
Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From
Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
The First Signs: Unlocking the Mysteries of the World's Oldest Symbols
Time Song: Searching for Doggerland
The Smart Neanderthal: Cave Art, Bird Catching, and the Cognitive Revolution
The Last Neanderthal
From Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs
The Wolf's Boy
The Tale of the Axe: How the Neolithic Revolution Transformed Britain
End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals
Turtle Island: The Story of North America's First People
Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America
Lucy & Andy Neanderthal (Lucy & Andy Neanderthal, #1)
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children #1)
The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, #2)
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
The Mammoth Hunters (Earth's Children #3)
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
The Plains of Passage (Earth's Children #4)
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 Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World
The Inheritors
Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art

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