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Prehistoric Fiction

Prehistoric fiction
A literary genre.
A novel set in prehistoric times, or in which the principal characters are members of a prehistoric society.

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11/15/09 - This site made its debut on November 24, 1996 – 13 years ago – not even a blink of an eye in prehistoric terms, but actually quite a while if we consider the tremendous growth of the internet... In 1996, two years BG – Before Google – there were quite a few search engines... but virtually no results for "Prehistoric Fiction". A few days ago, Google reported about 82,700 entries containing that phrase. (Click here to see how many there are now.) It seems that until Jean Auel came along, almost no one had noticed that there was such a thing! Indeed, it was her Clan of the Cave Bear that got my interest... and led to the creation of these pages.

The Internet Archive picked up this site in 2000, so we can see how it looked 9 years ago here. Actually, pretty much the same as how it looked yesterday. But with the passage of time has come a clearer understanding of the literary position of PF, especially this year, with the publication of Nicholas Ruddick's

The Fire in the Stone:
Prehistoric fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel

"The first comprehensive study of prehistoric fiction - The genre of prehistoric fiction contains a surprisingly large and diverse group of fictional works by American, British, and French writers from the late nineteenth century to the present that describe prehistoric humans. Nicholas Ruddick explains why prehistoric fiction could not come into being until after the acceptance of Charles Darwin's theories, and argues that many early prehistoric fiction works are still worth reading even though the science upon which they are based is now outdated..." (from the dustjacket)

Although the homepage didn't change much, the pf situation did. Jean Auel's blockbuster "Earth's Children" series came to an end, and a new generation of pf novelists arose, marking pf as a perennial genre...

This site is essentially an annotated Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction, a catalog of published fiction with a prehistoric theme or element.

Guide to the PF Bibliography

There are three main views of the bibliography, English, All, and French. The default view is "All", which displays all the entries in the bibliography. "English" or "French" show only works in English or "French". The counts for each of these appear beneath the "All" link. Clicking on the count will display the Counts Page where totals for all of the combinations are shown.

Each entry in the PF Bibliography is coded along three parameters:

  • "pure" or "mixed"
  • "adult", "young", "juvenile"
  • "book", "story", "graphic"

Colored symbols indicate whether the entry is pure or mixed, intendend for adult, young, or juvenile readers, whether it is a primarily a book, story, or graphic. The key to these codes, which appear before each entry is at the top of each bibliography page.

For a general introduction, see the earlier version of this page, and the article Prehistoric Fiction (2000).
And here's a list of the major series novels: Prehistoric Series (ca. 2002).

On-Line Texts

(also accessible from the entries in the bibliography,
as are additional short texts such as prefaces and introductions,
and probably a few others I've forgotten to list here)
Marc Angenot and Nadia Khouri's An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction, from Science-Fiction Studies #23 (Vol. 8, Part 1), March 1981.
John Charles Beecham's 1914 story Out of the Miocene, Part I, and Out of the Miocene, Part II, from The Popular Magazine.
Élie Berthet's 1876 The Pre-Historic World, translated from the French Romans préhistoriques: le monde inconnu by Mary J. Safford, 1879. And the later-published introduction to the revised edition, Un Rêve (1883).
Pierre Boitard's 1861 Antedeluvian Studies: Paris before Man. Fossil man... My translation of the first and last chapters of the French Etudes antédeluviennes— Paris avant les hommes. L'Homme fossile.
François Bordes's Science-Fiction and Prehistory, from Satellite, 1959.
Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Eternal Savage (The Eternal Lover), from The Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia.
Gordon B. Chamberlain's The Angenot-Khouri International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction: Additions, Corrections and Comments, from Science-Fiction Studies #27 (Vol. 9, Part 3), Nov. 1982, Notes and Correspondence.
Irving Crump's 1934-35 "Og" stories from Boys' Life: Monsters of the Mists, Wrath of the River God, The Red Beards from the North, The Saber-Toothed Slayer, The Charm That Worked, Death to the Red Beards!, Terrors of the Tundra, Cubs of the Wolf, The Place of Missing Men, Canyon of the Moon Cats, Arrows from the Sky.
James DeMille's 1888 A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder.
Yves Dermèze's 1942 short story Le Maître des eaux; aventure des anciens âges.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 The Lost World: being an account of the recent amazing adventures....
Three episodes of Douglas Dundee's 1933 series Cave-Boy Erek from "The Triumph" magazine.
Charles Fouqué's 1950 short story Caïn.
Lafcadio Hearn's The Mound Builders, article from The Commercial, Cincinnati, April 24, 1876.
Robert E. Howard's Spear and Fang, in: Weird Tales, July 1925. and in Robert E. Howard: Eons of the Night, 1996 (Baen 0-671-87717-8) 238pp, p.107-119. (1999: in The Ultimate Triumph, London, Wandering Star, 288 pp)
Rudyard Kipling's 1902 How the first letter was written, and
1902 How the alphabet was made. from Jan Knowlton's online etext.
Andrew Lang's 1886 short story The Romance of the First Radical, from In the Wrong Paradise and Other Stories. (and see Julie Sparks's 1999 article At the Intersection of Victorian Science and Fiction: Andrew Lang's "Romance of the First Radical")
J. Lemasson's 1943 short story The Stone of Fire, my translation of La pierre de feu.
Jack London's 1907 Before Adam
1908 The Strength of the Strong
1910 When the World was Young
1915 The Star Rover
Harry Lowerison's 1906 short story Coo from his From Paleolith to Motor Car; or Heacham Tales.
1906 Inito's Axe, also from From Paleolith to Motor Car; or Heacham Tales.
Éric Lysøe's 1994 analysis of Rosny's Quest for Fire, La Guerre du Feu: Une vision épique de l'évolution, and my 2000 English translation as: The War for Fire: An epic vision of evolution
Edison Marshall's 1949 Famous Fantastic Mysteries story, Ogden's Strange Story (beginning chapters).
André Noël's 1944 short story, Dag et Naïa; Conte des premiers âges.
Edgar Pangborn's short story, The Singing Stick — a prehistoric murder mystery from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine... August, 1952.
David Pringle's introduction to the 1999 Pulp Fictions edition of H. Rider Haggard's (1927) Allan & the Ice-Gods (article on early prehistoric fiction, also at Jessica Salmonson's Violet Books site.)
J.-H. Rosny's 1920 short story, La Grande Énigme, and my translation, The Great Mystery.
1932 Helgvor of the Blue River (translated from Helgvor du Fleuve bleu (1930) by Georges Surdez) serialized in Argosy.
and see Éric Lysøe's 1994 analysis of Rosny's Quest for Fire, above.
Marcel Schwob's 1891 short story La vendeuse d'ambre, and Iain White's 1982 translation The Amber-trader, from The King in the Golden Mask.
Stacey E. Shaw's short story Shelter.
Robert Silverberg's The Valley of Neander, article from his 1964 Man Before Adam (sketches the scientific background of Neanderthal man).
Julie Sparks's 1999 article At the Intersection of Victorian Science and Fiction: Andrew Lang's "Romance of the First Radical" from English Literature in Transition 1880-1920, Volume 42 : 2 1999. (Andrew Lang's 1886 short story The Romance of the First Radical)
Brian Stableford's Origin of Man, article on prehistoric fiction from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1995).
George Sterling's (1914) Babes in the Wood: The Saber-Tooth, and Babes in the Wood: The Wrath of Lions from The Popular Magazine.
Stanley Waterloo's short story Christmas 200,000 B.C., from his 1899 The Wolf's Long Howl.
H.G. Wells' The Grisly Folk, from Storyteller Magazine, April, 1921.
Stone Age Stories, from The Idler, May-Sept, 1897.
S. Fowler Wright's 1931. Dream, or The Simian Maid, and
1935 The Vengeance of Gwa (from the Sidney Fowler Wright website).

from The Japan Times

December 10, 1996 - January 21, 2003


-Melting of glaciers frees ancient secrets1/21/03
-Genetic tests track origins of 'first Asians'1/21/03


-Jomon-period lacquer items destroyed in Hokkaido fire12/30/02
-5,000China-Western ties may have 5,000-year history12/19/02
-2,600Ancient Mexican civilization credited with inventing first writing in Americas12/07/02
-12,000Canine genes shaped by human interplay: study11/23/02
-13,000Paleoecology offers clues to Chile's ancient people11/3/02
-8,200China digs up 8,200-year-old town10/30/02
-Giving you something to stretch your head round10/10/02
-1,400,0001.4 mil.-year-old hominid remains found in Ethiopia9/16/02
-40,000Neanderthal baby bones rediscovered9/6/02
-DNA scholars hope to stock Siberia 'park' with mammoths8/20/02
-200,000Genetic mutations led to use of language among early humans8/16/02
-Chad bursting with pride over ancient skull7/12/02
-7,000,000'Oldest hominid' skull unearthed7/11/02
-1,750,000Ancient skull may upset Africa migration theory7/06/02
-1,750,000Georgia Skull7/05/02
-350,000,000Fossil could help explain evolutionary movement from water to land7/05/02
-Site of faked finds may be cut from historic list5/28/02
-Archaeological probe dismisses 'findings' of disgraced Fujimura5/27/02
-200,000,000Comet impacts sparked dinosaurs' rise, demise5/18/02
-60,000Aborigines may date to 60,000 B.C.5/10/02
-36,000Neanderthals were just like us - violent but caring: researchers4/24/02
-100,000Old dogs teach survival tricks4/4/02
-1,000,000Skull said to confirm Homo erectus as modern man's global predecessor3/22/02
-Campaign grows to kick Darwin out of U.S. schools3/2/02
-40,000California prehistory mired in La Brea tar pits2/11/02
-9,500'Lost' India civilization may be 9500 years old: minister1/17/02
-77,000Origin of modern behavior?1/17/02
-77,000Ancient stone marks may roll back date of 'modern behavior'1/13/02


-1,900Ruins of structures shed new light on second-century culture12/8/01
-1,100Filming reveals gold leaf use at Kitora tomb12/8/01
-10,000Researchers find werewolf fears 10,000 years ago12/8/01
-6,000,000Mankind learned to walk while living in trees, scientists believe12/1/01
-Cow success may help clone mammoth11/25/01
-10,000Megafauna extinction mystery11/15/01
-6,400Joint research team finds world's oldest bricks11/3/01
-Family sues magazine over suicide11/2/01
-200,000Healthcare, hominid style10/18/01
-Archaeoloical 'finds' proved bogus10/12/01
-2,100Tawayama find hints kanji introduced in Yayoi Period10/5/01
-Bogus archaeologist exposed again10/5/01
-Archaeologist admits faking another 'find'10/1/01
-Computerized Reconstruction of a Neanderthal Child's Skull and Face8/5/01
-15,000First Americans linked to Jomon8/1/01
-5,300Arrow killed Iceman: scientists7/26/01
-Archaeology experts believe Obanazawa dig questionable7/25/01
-5,500,0005.5-million-year-old bones found in Ethiopia may be of earliest man7/13/01
-35,000Newly found ancient cave etchings in France rival Lascaux's7/6/01
-2,500Ancient skeletons found in Miami7/6/01
-10,000Last kernel of doubt is removed about 'ancestry' of corn6/18/01
-Scholars devise method to gauge stone tools' age6/6/01
-1,800Nara mound is confirmed as the oldest of its kind5/31/01
-2,100Burial mound discovered in Kyoto thought to date back to Yayoi Period5/25/01
-5,000Timber find may be oldest yet5/14/01
-100,000DNA evidence backs up 'out-of-Africa' human origin theory5/12/01
-More dirt unearthed in Adachi5/8/01
-4,000Peru complex built 4,000 years ago apparently thrived before it vanished4/28/01
-Peking Man caves imperiled4/27/01
-Genes indicate Europeans descended from very few Africans4/22/01
-1,900Yayoi brain tissue preserved in ruins4/17/01
-25,000Stone Age site said unearthed intact in Malaysia4/16/01
-10,000Ancient remains found in Vietnam3/30/01
-Allegations of faked findings spur archaeologist's suicide3/11/01
-4,000,000Mammal fossils found in Ethiopia3/6/01
-Paleolithic technology and the boom in cultural evolution3/5/01
-600,000Nanjing Man tests 'Out of Africa' theory2/26/01
-Restoration of Stonehenge comes under attack2/12/01
-6,000,000Man's oldest known ancestor said found2/8/01
-African Eve or multiregional origins? Maybe both1/29/01
-Faked digs put archaeologists on defensive1/28/01
-1,000,000Early humans used special bone tools to dig out juicy termites1/18/01
-'Eve theory' of human evolution discounted1/13/01
-Mungo's Finder Doubts Age Test1/11/01
-60,000Early Aussies may have come from China: experts1/11/01
-60,000DNA analysis of skeleton suggests Adam and Eve were Australians1/10/01


-It's only a woolly rhinoceros12/30/00
-5,000'Place of long boats' yields ancient secret12/22/00
-Disgraced archaeologist denies other findings were also faked12/21/00
-130,000DNA backs African origin of man12/08/00
-6,000,000Fossilized remains of mankind estimated at 6 million years old12/05/00
-More doubts over archaeologist's 'finds'11/19/00
-40,000Study results show most Europeans evolved from a common ancestor11/11/00
-Archaeology institute sorry for researcher's faked finds11/7/00
-Fraudulent archaeology (editorial) (Mainichi Shimbun)11/7/00
-Fake discoveries shock archaeologists (Mainichi Shimbun)11/7/00
-Dirty digger unearthed (Mainichi Shimbun)11/6/00
-Renowned archaeologist admits to planting finds11/6/00
-1,700Archaeologists unearth settlement mentioned in Wei Chronicle11/4/00
-1,500Spread-winged bird dug up at Shijo Ruinss11/2/00
-150,000Modern genes point to African origins11/1/00
-5,000Iraqi archaeologists uncover ancient Sumerian 'city of graves'10/30/00
-9,000U. S. judge reactivates lawsuit around 'Kennewick Man'10/28/00
-600,000Ancient dwellings found in Miyagi (Mainichi Shimbun)10/24/00
-600,000Archaeologists find 'oldest' habitation10/24/00
-1,700Yayoi beads, accessories discovered in Kyoto tomb10/14/00
-13,000Bones may offer clues to death of mammoths10/17/00
-9,000U.S. to give Kennewick Man to tribes9/27/00
-5,300'Iceman' is thawed out to probe origin, death9/27/00
-6,000Relics of neolithic Paris to be on view9/19/00
-7,000Evidence of disastrous flood 7,000 years ago may coincide with Bible story of Noah9/15/00
-850Evidence of cannibalism found at Colorado site9/8/00
-850Study: Indians killed, ate humans (Newsday)9/7/00
-Cave replica takes heat off mankind's first art8/13/00
-780,000Scientists say Israeli site dates back 780,000 years8/12/00
-Evolution wins Kansas Board of Education vote8/3/00
-Evolution debate heats up Kansas7/31/00
-'Music gene' may have helped cavemen to sing7/27/00
-29,000Neanderthals likely were skilled hunters6/14/00
-2,100Urn reveals oldest image of whaling6/1/00
-1,400Asuka sluice find backs H20 theories5/25/00
-17,000Proven: Man in America by 15,000 B.C.5/22/00
-1,700,000Skulls offer clue to man's first steps out of Africa5/13/00
-28,000World's Oldest Hats Discovered?5/9/00
-1,000Unearthed pillar suggests 48-meter shrine4/29/00
-2,000,000Researchers discuss ape-man fossil find4/28/00
-24,000Relic believed to represent female form4/26/00
-4,800China writing pushed back 2,000 years4/21/00
-1,500Pristine clay carving hints at ancient funerary rites4/11/00
-17,000Remains point to 'pre-Clovis' Americans4/6/00
-4,000Queen's pyramid found in Egypt4/4/00
-4,000Old texts discovered3/30/00
-3,500Ancient Egyptian art displayed for first time3/30/00
-28,000Neanderthal DNA shows no close link to humans3/30/00
-1,800Nara tomb discovery may stir debate over site of Queen Himiko's realm3/29/00
-1,800Ancient burial chamber may be oldest in Japan3/28/00
-750First humans rapidly ate moa to extinction3/25/00
-3,000,000Study claims humans descended from knuckle-walkers3/24/00
-803,000803,000-year-old stone axes found in south China3/4/00
-9,300Contention rife over early population of Americas2/28/00
-1,400Saimei-era plaza found in Nara2/24/00
-500,000Dig yields trace of 500,000-year-old house2/22/00
-1,700,000Wolf fossil find dated to 1.7 million years1/19/00
-10,000Cereals tamed in ancient Cyprus1/17/00
-1,000Viking items in Ireland mystifying1/16/00
-9,300U.S. rules bones are of Asian descent1/15/00


-2,000Solution in sight for mystery of star that led Magi to Jesus12/21/99
-3,200Archaeologists find buried treasures without digging12/21/99
-Mammoth resurrection eyed12/21/99
-5,400Amateur uncovers oldest Indian mounds in Americas12/14/99
-4,000Ancient graffiti may display oldest alphabet12/1/99
-2,000Egypt archaeologists make discovery12/1/99
-18,000Evidence grows N. America's first colonizers were European11/29/99
-Anthropologist Ashley Montagu dies11/29/99
-4,000Graffiti cast new light on alphabet's origins11/22/99
-7,500Ancient Black Sea coastline provides evidence of Noah's flood11/19/99
-3,000,000Fossil remains of hominid found, 3 million years old11/14/99
-5,000Remains of Jomon era village found11/12/99
-450,000Chimps more varied, older than humans are11/6/99
-2,000Miami Circle revealed to be 2,000-year-old town11/4/99
-18,000Scientists say Iberians 1st N. American settlers11/3/99
-28,000Scientists dispute time of Neanderthals' demise10/27/99
-23,000Woolly mammoth unearthed in Siberia10/22/99
-A dream to revive the woolly mammoth10/19/99
-40,000,000Tiny fossil could rewrite our history10/16/99
-1,800,000New skulls double history of humans in Europe10/5/99
-7,600Archaeologists probe Black Sea abyss10/4/99
-550Canadian glacier man's clothes are 550 years old9/30/99
-9,0009,000-year-old, still-playable flutes found in China9/24/99
-68,000Earliest Australian9/22/99
-11,500Skull alters theory on colonization of Americas9/22/99
-2,200Remains of human sacrifices found in Mexican pyramid9/21/99
-1,800Archaeologists say mound may hold third century king9/16/99
-Traveling along ancient routes to modern theories9/15/99
-Canadian iceman research begins9/15/99
-Fossilized skull sold to N.Y. curio shop9/9/99
-2,400Japanese roots surprisingly shallow8/31/99
-15,000,000Ground-dwelling ape fossil found8/28/99
-3,000Chinese may have gone to Americas 3,000 years ago8/27/99
-Centuries-old iceman found in Canada8/26/99
-1,900,000Veggies first thing on human fires8/23/99
-30,000Ancient virus maps migration of our ancestors8/17/99
-3,000Picking the bones of Fiji's lost giants8/1/99
-9,000Kennewick Man debate heats up8/1/99
-1,2008th century enjoyed 15 rice strains7/27/99
-23,000Siberian mammoth found frozen7/24/99
-7,000Paintings, tools found in Egypt cave7/17/99
-6,700Grassy Sahara turned to desert in a few centuries7/16/99
-800Did cannibalism kill Anasazi civilization?7/13/99
-840,000Man may have sailed 840,000 years ago: study7/8/99
-2,500China unearths ancient tombs6/29/99
-30,000Caveboy left footprints in the clay of time6/21/99
-350,000Discovery of tools puts primitive man in Saitama6/17/99
-2,300Classical mummies to debut in Egypt6/15/99
-Geographer suggests Neanderthals were just Cretins6/1/99
-300,000Ancestors of Neanderthals had more brawn, less brain5/22/99
-2,200Mold for bronze tools thought to be oldest found5/11/99
-2,340,000Ancient hands were skilled but whose?5/10/99
-Homo sapiens, chimps share unique brain cells4/30/99
-2,500,000New hominid species may be link to ape-man4/23/99
-5,000Mount Sinai in Israel, archaeologist claims4/21/99
-25,000Skeleton said to be mix of Neanderthals, moderns4/19/99
-2,000Mummy of baby found in Argentine cave4/17/99
-13,000Did America's first migrants use boats?4/12/99
-500500-year-old mummies found in Andes4/8/99
-15,000,000First upright apes may have walked in 15 million B.C.4/6/99
-2,500Jomon smile at Tosa dig3/27/99
-1,300Coin found in Nagano confirmed as Fuhonsen3/24/99
-2,000Yayoi linked to Yangtze area3/19/99
-Tar pits still slowly releasing victims3/1/99
-Neanderthal Man type site rediscovered3/1/99
-Researchers doubt claim Neanderthals could talk2/17/99
-6,000Oldest oar unearthed from Ishikawa ruins2/10/99
-3,000Dogs suspected as Jomon-era pets2/10/99
-5,500Lizard provides clues to Pacific colonization patterns1/25/99
-2,500Wooden hoes may be nation's oldest1/21/99
-1,300Old currency prompted by Tang threat1/21/99
-1,300Ancient coins alter Japan's cash history1/20/99
-2,000Yayoi remains found in Tohoku1/20/99
-5,000,000Human forebears nibbled meat1/16/99
-5,000,000Humanoid fossils found, dated at 5 million years1/12/99
-5,000,0005-million-year-old fossils double Nepal's elusive trove1/11/99
-50,000Bush fires set by early settlers burned out Australian animals, study says1/9/99


-?Mystery stone circle found in Miami12/26/98
-5,300Egyptian writing dating to 3300 B.C. discovered12/17/98
-3,600,000S. Africa researchers claim ape-man skeleton discovery12/10/98
-DNA link claimed between America Indians, Siberians12/10/98
-5,300Ice Man used fungus to quell parasites: doctor12/5/98
-80,000,000Mongolian fossils give clues to evolution of marsupials12/4/98
-Taliban demands bus drivers hide female passengers12/3/98
-20,000Fossilized tusk unearthed in Shiga11/25/98
-1,800Ancient bell found in Kyushu11/20/98
-Study enhances theory linking America, Siberia11/10/98
-3,400Andean metalwork culture began over 3,000 years ago11/7/98
-600,000Tools may be oldest in Japan11/4/98
-French village considers suit over theft of Neolithic finds10/21/98
-Skull, ax looted from prehistoric French cave10/20/98
-4,000Road Crew Discovers Prehistoric Cave10/19/98
-12,000Earliest American settlers were fishermen, not hunters9/19/98
-30,000Did Neanderthals cave in or just get outnumbered?9/1/98
-5,000Ancient temple found in Iraq7/25/98
-15,000 Evidence of ancient earthquakes points to 'big one' in central L.A.7/18/98
-Afghan Taliban punishes violators of ban on music7/17/98
-500,000Study casts doubt whether Peking man used fire7/11/98
-11,000Oya skeleton may be Jomon Period's oldest7/7/98
-8,3008,000-year-old shoes show footwear fashion is nothing new7/4/98
-117,000S. African geologists safely rescue fossil footprints from tourist traffic6/27/98
-117,000S. Africa saves oldest human footprints6/25/98
-Taliban amputates thief's hand and foot6/21/98
-Taliban to close women's schools6/18/98
-2,700,000First humans less brainy than previous estimates6/13/98
-7,000Old dates questioned on Aborigine arrival6/1/98
-Bones reveal wanderers were healthier5/25/98
-One small bone key to 'modern' face5/18/98
-4,100,000Evidence dates earliest walking hominids5/18/98
-400,000Nerve canal size suggests Neanderthals could talk5/18/98
-300,000Neanderthals said capable of some spoken language4/29/98
-2,000Yayoi stone heaps found in Kagawa4/19/98
-72,00072,000-year-old Bulgaria settlement found4/16/98
-2,000Theory of early arrival n New Zealand boosted4/12/98
-7,000Egyptian observatory predates Stonehenge4/3/98
-3,200,000Little Lucy the prehuman walked like a woman4/2/98
-3,5003,500-year-old Chinese script found on bones3/31/98
-40,000Linguistics casts light on early Americans3/30/98
-Alps Iceman put inside chilly case at Italy museum3/30/98
-3,000Native Americans were farmers 3,000 years ago3/14/98
-Ancient artists not crude, just scared3/2/98
-117,000World's oldest human footprints set to relocate2/27/98
-40,000Americas possibly inhabited 40,000 years ago2/18/98
-2,000,000Canadian Tundra once forested, full of wildlife1/8/98
-Scientist planning to resurrect woolly mammoth is not joking1/4/98


-35,000Prehistoric feces may shed light on human evolution12/19/97
-2,000,000Human bones of tots date back 2 million years12/18/97
-3,300Scientist links killer quakes to Bronze Age's end12/12/97
-Taliban jails 10 for eyeing dancer11/30/97
-5,000Stonehenge surpassed by new site11/16/97
-5,000Prehistoric temple traces discovered in Britain11/12/97
-30,900Ancient ruins rewrite Paleolithic theory10/29/97
-16,000America's Ice Age immigrants took West Coast route10/29/97
-6,000Sahara once had grasslands, researchers say10/18/97
-22,000Moscow area inhabited at least 22,000 years ago10/16/97
-18,000Stone Age relics found in Hokkaido10/15/97
-5,500Excavation illuminating Jomon life10/7/97
-25,000Stone knives date back 25,000 years10/3/97
-5,400Man-made mounds said oldest in North America9/20/97
-9,300Battle over Kennewick man's bones8/25/97
-6,0006,000-year-old Hokkaido farm? 8/21/97
-12,000Cannibalism an ancient human heritage8/18/97
-117,000Ancient footprints in Africa made by early human8/16/97
-6,000Archaeologists say 6,000-year-old tomb found in Hunan8/13/97
-10,000Ancient earthenware found 7/26/97
-15,000,000Skull gives clue to ape-monkey split7/25/97
-3,000,000Egalitarian chimps offer a glimpse of our erotic past7/22/97
-DNA test shows Neanderthals weren't ancestors of humans7/12/97
-10,000Remains of mammoth are found in Arizona 7/6/97
-China reports finding footprints of 'wild man' in woods6/27/97
-100,000Domestic dogs descended from wolves, researchers confirm6/14/97
-65,000,000New evidence for dinosaur-killing asteroid6/9/97
-800,000Fossils of unknown early ancestor found5/31/97
-9,500Early Jomon hamlet found5/27/97
-2,500Were ancient Amazons more than myth? 5/19/97
-10,000Farming started in Americas early, grew slowly5/10/97
-Taliban assault clean-shaven man, women without veil4/22/97
-20,000,000Tree-swinging apes lived earlier than scientists previously believed4/19/97
-1,000,000Earlier date set for human entry into S. Europe4/13/97
-DNA data back theory of humans evolving in Africa4/2/97
-300,000Modern humans may date to 300,000 years ago3/28/97
-65,000,000Scientists say dinosaurs dwindled before asteroid3/28/97
-4,600Ancient skull in Egypt shows signs of cancer3/26/97
-9,000Descendant of Stone Age skeleton found 3/9/97
-Taliban bans photos of 'living bodies'3/9/97
-400,000Spears prove early men crafty hunters3/3/97
-300,000Primitive human toolmakers hunted in Siberia3/1/97
-65,000,000Evidence of dinosaur-killing meteor found off Florida coast2/14/97
-12,500Scientists say habitation site in Chile is 12,500 years old2/12/97
-2,000Evidence of Amazons found in Russia steppes2/7/97
-35,000,000Thai fossil undermines human origin theories2/1/97
-20,000Beijing dig bares 20,000-year history1/4/97


-27,000Hominid theory stretches definition of human identity12/15/96
-27,000Human ancestor may have coexisted with modern humans12/14/96
-African archaeologist Mary Leakey dies at 8312/10/96

Top image adapted from a photo by Roger-Viollet of "Age de pierre" by Paul Jamin [1899-].

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