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Early humans vocab.

Archaeologist A scientist who studies bones, tools, structures, and other objects to learn about past peoples and cultures.
Migration To relocate; to move from one place to settle in another area.
Nomad A person who has no single, settled, home.
Domesticate To tame animals and raise them to be used by humans.
Fertile Land or soil that contain substances plants need in order to grow well.
Prehistory Before history; the period of time before writing was invented.
History The written and other recorded events of people.
Oral tradition Stories passed down through generations by word of mouth.
Smithsonian institution A group of over a dozen museums and research and publications facilities.
N.A.G.P.R.A. N.A.G.P.R.A. is a law which states that native americans are permited to obtain bodies which they think may be their ancestors.
Caucasian Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of one of the traditional racial divisions of humankind marked by fair to dark skin, strait to tightly curled hair, and light to very dark eyes, and originaly inhabiting Europe, North America, western Asia, and India.
Atlatl A flexible device for thowing a spear, usually a short cord wound around the spear so that when thrown, the weapon will rotate in the air.
Neolithic Pertaining to or characteristic of the last phase of the Stone age.
Forensics The art or study of formal debate; argumentaion.
Radio-carbon-dating The determination of the age of objects of organic origin by measuring the amount of the radioactivity of their carbon content.
Clovis Of or relating to a prehistoric human culture widespread throughout North America from about 12,000 to 9,000 B.C., distinguished by sharp fluted projectile points made of chalcdony or obsidian.
Genetic drift Random changes in the frequency of allese in a gene pool, usually of small populations.
Morphology The branch of biology dealing with the form and structure of organisms. physical characteristics of skulls
Irrigation The artificial application of water to land to assist in the production of crops.
Surplus Something that remains above what is used or needed.
Artisan A person skilled in an applied art; a craftsperson.
Civilization An advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture, science, industry, and government has been reached.
Social class A broad group in society having common economic, cultural, or political status.
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