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).

Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog
Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States
The First Signs: Unlocking the Mysteries of the World's Oldest Symbols
Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America
Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World
Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
Written in Stone: A Journey Through the Stone Age and the Origins of Modern Language
Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes
The Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story
Stonehenge: A New Understanding: Solving the Mysteries of the Greatest Stone Age Monument
Home: A Time Traveller's Tales from Britain's Prehistory
Sun Born (North America's Forgotten Past #23; Morning Star Trilogy #2)
The Last Neanderthal
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)
The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, #2)
The Mammoth Hunters (Earth's Children, #3)
The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children, #5)
The Plains of Passage (Earth's Children, #4)
After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20,000-5000 BC
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children, #6)
Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
People of the Wolf (North America's Forgotten Past, #1)
The Inheritors
The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neanderthals Died Out and We Survived
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans
Little Women by Louisa May AlcottEast of Eden by John SteinbeckGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellIt by Stephen KingThe Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Big Fat Reads Worth The Effort 2.0
28 books — 23 voters
The Naked Ape by Desmond MorrisThe Human Zoo by Desmond MorrisOur Inner Ape by Frans de WaalThe Third Chimpanzee by Jared DiamondYour Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
The Human Animal
93 books — 25 voters

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. AuelThe Valley of Horses by Jean M. AuelThe Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. AuelThe Plains of Passage by Jean M. AuelThe Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel
Best Pre-History Fiction
177 books — 314 voters
The Ancestor's Tale by Richard DawkinsWonderful Life by Stephen Jay GouldTrilobite by Richard ForteyOnce & Future Giants by Sharon LevyT. Rex and the Crater of Doom by Walter Álvarez
Learn about prehistoric life
37 books — 27 voters

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Stephanie Coontz
The idea that in prehistoric times a man would spend his life hunting only for the benefit of his own wife and children, who were dependent solely upon his hunting prowess for survival, is simply a projection of 1950s marital norms onto the past.
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Pascal Quignard
Rhynia, haute de cinquante centimètres, doit son nom au lieu de sa découverte dans le comté de Rhynie, en Écosse, où elle fut engloutie lors d’une éruption volcanique. Il y a des Pompéi de fleurs.
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