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Prehistory is usually divided into the following stages:
* [[Paleolithic|The Paleolithic]] is the oldest and longest stage. Men were nomads and were engaged in gathering and hunting. They had to adapt to [[climate changes during the Paleolithic | several important changes to the climate]]
* [[The Mesolithic |Mesolithic]] is the transition between [[
Palaeolithic|the Paleolithic]] and [[Neolithic]] between 10,000 BC and 7,000 BC Mankind still engaged in hunting and gathering but the last ice age has ended.
* [[The Neolithic |Neolithic]] agriculture and grazing appears and begins to form the first permanent settlements.