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What does prehistoric mean?
Prehistory or prehistoric is the period of time before writing began. Prehistoric can refer to people or animals or anything as long as it lived or occured before writing began (about 5,000 years ago.) Cro-Magnons, Neanderthals, wooly mammoths, sabre-Toothed Tigers are all prehistoric because they existed before man began to write things down. A dark age is different. A dark age is a period of time when people stopped writing things down for a relatively short period of time, for a few hundred years or so.