Prehistory

This is a calendar of major events or eras in the prehistoric world from 10 million BC until about 5000 BC.

Names for Eras

5,332,000 BC - 2,588,000 BC
2,500,000 BC - 18,000 BC
200,000 BC - 40,000 BC
18,000 BC - 3500 BC
10,000 BC - 5,500 BC
3500 BC - Present

Hominid Species active

4,000,000 BC - 1,000,000 BC
2,500,000 BC - 1,500,000 BC
1,800,000 BC - 30,000 BC
200,000 BC - Present
200,000 BC - 30,000 BC
40,000 BC - 8,000 BC

Africa

7,000,000 BC
3,600,000 BC
3,500,000 BC
2,500,000 BC
2,330,000 BC
26,000 BC
8000 BC
6000 BC - 200 AD

Europe

2,600,000 BC - 1,700,000 BC
1,650,000 BC - 30,000 BC
180,000 BC - 130,000 BC
70,000 BC - 10,000 BC
35,000 BC - 10,000 BC
35,000 BC
35,000 BC
15,000 BC - 13,000 BC
3,000 BC
2400 BC - 2200 BC

Asia & Oceania

700,000 BC
700,000 BC
67,000 BC
40,000 BC - 1750 AD
38,000 BC
25,000 BC
15,000 BC
14,000 BC
9000 BC
8000 BC
6500 BC
4000 BC
3500 BC

Mediterranean & Middle East

380,000 BC
83,000 BC - 43,000 BC
60,000 BC
12,000 BC - 10,000 BC
11,000 BC - 9,000 BC
7500 BC
7500 BC - 5700 BC
7050 BC - 4080 BC
3500 BC
3500 BC
2900 BC
2700 BC
2300 BC
1600 BC
776 BC
350 BC
700 AD

North & South America

33,000 BC - 12,000 BC
30,000 BC - 12,000 BC
12,000 BC
11,000 BC
3000 BC - 2000 BC