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prehistory,

period of human evolution before writing was invented and records kept. The term was coined by Daniel Wilson in 1851. It is followed by protohistory, the period for which we have some records but must still rely largely on archaeological evidence to provide a coherent account. The study of prehistory is concerned with the activities of a society or culture, not of the individual, and is limited to the material evidence that has survived.
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He's a bit of an expert when it comes to the scientific names of prehistoric animals.
The Board held that the examiner failed to demonstrate that the applicant's fanciful, prehistoric animal design was either a common or basic design.
Also included in the work are stories of a Blyth man who built a boat and discovered the New Hebrides, a local potter who built a full size prehistoric animal and life-size kings and queens for two black and white silent films in Hollywood, and the Cambois miner who captured his experiences as a gunner in the First World War in pencil in a small pocket diary later discovered by his grandson.
We hope the site will become one of the observatory sites for prehistoric animals," she added.
Another adventure for the cuddly prehistoric animal gang.
One might wonder how any prehistoric animal could survive the ages.
These include everything from prehistoric animal bones to ancient tools and weapons.
Australian Environment and Heritage Minister Ian Campbell formally returned Friday the largest-ever haul of illegally exported fossils from China, including dinosaur eggs and prehistoric animal fragments.
Nonetheless, thanks to some plaster and a specially equipped "air ride" truck, the slow-moving pachyderm and more than 100 prehistoric animal fossils made the voyage from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Miami, Florida, without incident.
BEHEMOTH A Prehistoric animal B A great beast C Winged insect who am I?
Sykes said Thursday that the tests showed the creatures were not related to modern Himalayan bears but were direct descendants of the prehistoric animal.
Fossils of prehistoric animal species extinct for millions of years have been found in sinkholes around the world.