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"The Epipaleolithic or Mesolithic was a period in the development of human technology that precedes the Neolithic period of the Stone Age. It is preferred as an alternative to Mesolithic in areas with limited glacial impact." ---- Why? What does "glacial impact", limited or otherwise, have to do with it? -- 126.96.36.199 22:06, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
The impact in Northwestern europe (which is where this terminology originates) was much more severe than in the mediterranean region. For one the latter was not periodically covered in ice or tundra, which dramatically affects flora and fauna on which hunter gatherers depend. Therefore there's a clear period (the Mesolithic) where glaciers had a direct or indirect effect in northwest europe, but not in more southerly regions where there's no clear boundary. The Paleolithic cultures just keep on developing. Kleuske (talk) 16:53, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
Epipalaeolithic is routinely used in published literature and does not necessarily equate to the Mesolithic, therefore I think a short entry on the epipalaeolithic 'term' improves clarity (BruceMalarkey (talk) 08:46, 22 September 2010 (UTC)).
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You misunderstood "merging". This does not mean the terms need to be synonyms. It means that we do not have enough material to warrant two articles, and that the two terms are best discussed together, as one serves to elucidate the other. --dab(𒁳) 16:26, 8 April 2013 (UTC)