Beginnings of the Wheel

  • J. S. Rao
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 20)


The dates of the Stone Age vary considerably for different parts of the world. It began about 2 million years ago and ended in different parts from 6000 to 2500 BC. Throughout the immense time span of the Stone Age, see Scarre [2] and Schick and Nicholas [3], vast changes occurred in climate and in other conditions affecting human culture. Humans themselves evolved into their modern form during the latter part of it. The Stone Age has been divided accordingly into three periods: the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic, see Technology of Man [5].


Stone Tool Vast Change Silent Stone Agricultural Village Artist Impression 
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