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Knowledge of Indian Palaeolithic men for Plants and Plant Science

Knowledge of Indian Palaeolithic men for Plants and Plant Science
Botany Knowledge by Palaeolithic Men in Indian Subcontinent -2
HISTORY of BOTANY in Indian Subcontinent, Chapter -4
By: Bhishma Kukreti (Medical Tourism History Researcher)
The historian claim that Palaeolithic Era in Indian subcontinent was from 250000 to 10000 BC. (1)
The Indian Palaeolithic Men started making smaller stone tools as those left hunting big animals as elephants and started killing speedy but smaller animals as rabbits, deer, turtles boars. The Indian Palaeolithic men were nomadic but used to build shelter near rock and definitely roofs were of plants and started gathering honey, fruits, leaves, roots etc.
The Palaeolithic Indians started gathering and storing honey, fruits, roots, twigs etc.and started making hut roofs by plant/tree parts. That means those men started having knowledge about the strength of twigs of different trees/plants/grass. They used to build hut roof by roof for shelter or for wind breaking, that means they got knowledge of strength and weakness of many plants and their organs/parts .
The botanical and zoological knowledge helped human beings in advancement of many tools and hut making fashion or living in society. The Palaeolithic Men knew the properties of plant parts, fruits, roots which they could store them accordingly. Honey knowledge show that Palaeolithic men were knowing the properties of various flowers too.
The invention of grinding tools in this Era suggest that Palaeolithic Men knew the properties of seeds, roots, plant parts etc. very well.
Robin Dennell states that the plants shrubs of families Euphorbiaceae and Chenopodiaceae , and evergreen grasses (in Afghanistan) , and grasses of warm climates were common in India in Palaeolithic Era. (3)
Definitely, the Indian Palaeolithic men also used herbs for medical uses. J.J Pursell rightly states about Palaeolithic period across the world “The first medicinal drugs were in the form of herbs, plants, roots, flowers, leaves, and fungi. The archaeologists have uncovered evidence including symbolic depictions and fossilized sediments of plants depicted which suggest that medicinal herbs were used in Palaeolithic Era, some 60000 years ago”(2).
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References –
1-Singh Upendra, 2008, A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From stone Age to 2th Century Pearson Longman page 67-68
2-Pursell J.J., 2015, The Herbal Apothecary: 100 medicinal herbs and how to use them, Timber Press page 20
3-Dennell, Robin , 2009 , The Palaeolithic Settlement of Asia , Cambridge University Press , Page 56, 57
Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti, bjkukreti@gmail.com , Mumbai India, June 2019
HISTORY of BOTANY in Indian Subcontinent will be continued in next chapter

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