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c. 2.6 million to 14,000 years ago
The Palaeolithic era or Old Stone age begins, characterized by hominid and human use of unpolished chipped stone tools     
c. 2.6 to 1.2 million years ago
Australopithecus Boisei lives in East Africa, and is possibly the first hominid species to use stone tools      
A skull of Australopithecus Boisei
(National Museum of Kenya)

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c. 2.5 million years ago
The earliest known chipped stone tools are made by hominids at Gona, in the Awash Valley in Ethiopia, close to the region where Ardi and Lucy lived many millennia earler         
c. 150,000 years ago
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A possible second migration from Africa begins, involving at some time the ancestors of modern man, Homo sapiens sapiens      
c. 15,000 years ago
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Needles of bone or ivory are now fine enough to take a thread as thin as horse hair     
c. 14,000 to 10,000 years ago
During the Mesolithic period (Middle Stone Age) humans continue to improve their tool-making skills but are still nomads and hunter-gatherers        
c. From 8000 BC
The Neolithic period (New Stone Age) includes any settled human community still using exclusively stone tools     
c. 8000 BC
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The spindle develops naturally in the process of twisting fibres into thread by hand     
c. 7000 BC
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Neolithic communities in eastern Anatolia make implements of hammered copper - the first tentative step out of the Stone Age       
c. 5800 BC
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Fragments of cloth, woven in Catal Huyuk, survive because they are carbonized in a fire