Compare And Differences: History Vs. Prehistory?

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John Paul U. Fornillos BS ChE I
1. History vs. Prehistory
a. What is prehistory and how is this concept or term defined?
The term prehistory designates the time period starting with the appearance of the first human being and ending with the invention of writing. Because no written documents exist that we could use to study their ways of life, we use material remains. Examples: the human body itself, hunting tools, paintings, sculptures, etc. (The Prehistory. Retrieved from
History is everything humanity has done since we first started recording it, [prehistory is] sort of like a person 's life before she or he starts remembering it. We know it happened, we just don 't have any personal memory of it happening. Naturally, everything that happened before the invention of writing is prehistory. Some refer to prehistory as all time before writing, from the creation of the universe, while others refer to it as time since the development of life on earth, while still others define prehistory as the period of time beginning with the appearance of human beings. (Prehistory: Definition and Timeline. Retrieved from
Since pre means "before," and history is the record of human events, prehistory refers to the time before human civilization developed and started writing things down. Scientists often speculate about what happened in

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