Food around 40,000 BC

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The multiple ways in which Homo sapiens diverged physically and behaviorally from pre-sapiens forms of Homo in the period between about 300,000 years ago to 30,000 years ago are collectively referred to as the "Middle/Upper Paleolithic transition." This "transition" is visible in many radical changes, such as a shift from generalized hunting patterns to concentrations in some areas on gregarious herd mammals like deer, reindeer, and horses. (Patterns in Prehistory)

Africa

Sophisticated weapons for safely killing dangerous large animals at a distance now appear--weapons such as barbed harpoons, darts, spear throwers, and bows and arrows. South African caves occupied by people now yield bones of such vicious prey as adult Cape buffalo and pigs, while European caves are full of bones of bison, elk, reindeer, horse, and ibex. Even today, hunters armed with high-powered telescopic rifles find it hard to bag some of these species, which must have required highly skilled communal hunting methods based on detailed knowledge of each species' behavior. (The Third Chimpanzee)

Southwest Asia

 

Egypt

 

Indus Valley

 

China

 

Europe

Sophisticated weapons for safely killing dangerous large animals at a distance now appear--weapons such as barbed harpoons, darts, spear throwers, and bows and arrows. South African caves occupied by people now yield bones of such vicious prey as adult Cape buffalo and pigs, while European caves are full of bones of bison, elk, reindeer, horse, and ibex. Even today, hunters armed with high-powered telescopic rifles find it hard to bag some of these species, which must have required highly skilled communal hunting methods based on detailed knowledge of each species' behavior. (The Third Chimpanzee)

South America

 

Mesoamerica

 

North America

 

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