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Middle Pleistocene

The portion of the Pleistocene epoch beginning 780,000 ya and ending 125,000 ya.

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Late Pleistocene

The portion of the Pleistocene epoch beginning 125,000 ya and ending approximately 10,000 ya.

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glaciations

Climatic intervals when continental ice sheets cover much of the northern continents. Glaciations are associated with colder temperatures in northern latitudes and more arid conditions in southern latitudes, most notably Africa.

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interglacials

Climatic intervals when continental ice sheets are retreating, eventually becoming much reduced in size. Interglacials in northern latitudes are associated with warmer temperatures, while in southern latitudes the climate becomes wetter.

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flexed

The position of the body in a bent orientation, with arms and legs drawn up to the chest.

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Upper Paleolithic

A cultural period usually associated with modern humans, but also found with some Neandertals, and distinguished by technological innovation in various stone tool industries. Best known from western Europe, similar industries are also known from central and eastern Europe and Africa.

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Chatelperronian

Pertaining to an Upper Paleolithic industry found in France and Spain, containing blade tools and associated with Neandertals.

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Mousterian

Pertaining to the stone tool industry associated with Neandertals and some modern H. sapiens groups; also called Middle Paleolithic. This industry is characterized by a larger proportion of flake tools than is found in Acheulian tool kits.