A caveman is a stock character representative of primitive man in the Paleolithic era or the broad prehistoric period known as the stone age. The popularization of the type dates to the early 20th century, when Neanderthal Man was influentially described as "simian" or ape-like. They are often portrayed co-existing during a time with saber-toothed cats, woolly mammoths, and (anachronistically) alongside dinosaurs.

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