Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Upper Paleolithic Age

The Upper Old Stone Age; refers to a cultural period of early modern humans and distinguished by innovative stone tool technologies; the series dates from around 40,000 to about 14,000 years ago, and before any evidence of domestication of plants and animals. The UP is conventionally divided into five assemblages from the oldest to the most recent: Châtelperronian, Aurignacian, Gravettian, Solutrean, and Magdalenian.

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