Stone Age

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There are many similarities and differences between the way the people of the Old Stone Age and the people of the New Stone Age obtained their food. Question #5 There are many similarities and differences between the way the people of the Old Stone Age and the people of the New Stone Age obtained their food. In the Old Stone Age, people hunted for their food, while the people of the New Stone Age also had farming to obtain their food. Gathering was a source of food for people in both time periods. “Prehistoric people clearly had a very close relationship with the animals and plants around them.”[1] People in the Old Stone Age got their food from hunting and gathering. During this time, they either found an…show more content…
An idea that they both used to capture and kill animals was called “cliff-drives”. In a cliff-drive, a group of people cornered an animal between themselves and the edge of a cliff. The people held out their spears, pointed at the animal. This way, the animal was not able to run away, and since there was a group of people surrounding it, the group would almost always capture the animal. Groups of people from both time periods successfully used this method of capturing animals for food. Another way that people from the Old Stone Age and the people from the New Stone Age hunted was by searching for animals that traveled in packs, such as zebras and buffalo. This way they were more likely to capture at least one animal and it was less likely that someone would get hurt. They were also more likely to catch more than just a single animal by going after groups. Some scientists believe that the people from the Old Stone Age and the New Stone Age may have been cannibals. “In Klasies River in Africa, there is evidence that early Homo sapiens heated human skulls, then broke them open to eat the cooked brains inside.”[3] This may have been another source of food for both groups. The way the people obtained their food during the Old Stone Age and the New Stone Age had many similarities and differences. Gathering fruits and berries was a way that both groups of people obtained food. During the Old Stone Age, the

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