Timeline of Iberian prehistory

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Iberian Middle Bronze Age
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Iberian Late Bronze Age


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The ancestry of modern Iberians is consistent with the geographical situation of the Iberian Peninsula in the south-west corner of Europe, showing characteristics that are largely typical in southern and western Europeans. As is the case for most of the rest of southern Europe, the principal ancestral origin of modern Iberians are Early European Farmers who arrived during the Neolithic. The large predominance of Y-Chromosome Haplogroup R1b, common throughout Western Europe, is also testimony to a sizeable input from various waves of Western Steppe Herders that originated in the Pontic-Caspian Steppe during the Bronze Age.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Paleolithic Iberia</span>

Paleolithic in the Iberian peninsula is the longest period of its prehistory, starting c. 1.3 million of years (Ma) ago and ending almost at the same time as Pleistocene, first epoch of Quaternary, c. 11.500 years or 11.5 ka ago. It was a period characterized by climate oscillations between ice ages and small interglacials, producing heavy changes in Iberia's orography. Cultural change within the period is usually described in terms of lithic industry evolution, as described by Grahame Clark.


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  2. 'First west Europe tooth' found, BBC News, 2007-06-30
  3. Stanley Greenspan, The First Idea: How Symbols, Language, and Intelligence Evolved from Our Primate Ancestors to Modern Humans (DaCapa Press, 2004), ISBN   0-306-81449-8