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Homo erectus

Homo erectus
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Homo erectus

Some 800,000 years ago in Africa, the Homo erectus species, or “upright walking man,” was on the verge of becoming human, thanks to diet and the ability to control fire.

Discover how evolutionary adaptations gave this group the advantage over all its competitors.

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Depicting Our Ancestors

Depicting Our Ancestors

A filmmaker brings prehistoric humans to life with prosthetic heads straight from Hollywood. Watch to see what we modern humans share with early species. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Homo erectus Fossils

Homo erectus Fossils

The fossils of Homo erectus from about 1.89 million to 143,000 years ago show the oldest known species with bodies most similar to modern humans. Find out what these adaptations tell us about how members of this species lived. More...

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Smithsonian
Human Ancestors Used Fine-Crafted Tools to Butcher Zebras

Human Ancestors Used Fine-Crafted Tools to Butcher Zebras

Our Homo erectus ancestors appear to have been sophisticated tool users nearly 2 million years ago. Investigate the role the hand ax played in human evolution. More...

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LiveScience
Human Migrations Map

Human Migrations Map

The fossil record makes clear that early humans migrated out of Africa. Follow the possible paths of Homo erectus and Homo sapiens all over the globe. More...

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Meave Leakey Biography

Meave Leakey Biography

She found fossils suggesting an unknown species that walked upright half a million years earlier than previously thought. Explore this discovery and Meave Leakey's other contributions to paleoanthropology. More...

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Academy of Achievement
Skull of Homo erectus Throws Story of Human Evolution Into Disarray

Skull of Homo erectus Throws Story of Human Evolution Into Disarray

A fossilized skull found in Western Asia adds another piece to the human evolution puzzle. Find out why scientists may reconsider separating some species in the genus Homo. More...

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The Guardian
Small Skulls, Big Milestones

Small Skulls, Big Milestones

Fossils are full of information, but unlocking their secrets takes great analysis. Identify the locations of early human species and examine their differences along the evolutionary timeline. More...

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National Geographic
The Puzzle of Ancient Mariners

The Puzzle of Ancient Mariners

How did members of Homo erectus reach islands in Southeast Asia? Ponder the theory of one scientist, who claims they sailed there on bamboo rafts. More...

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Science News for Students
Walking with Cavemen: Savage Family

Walking with Cavemen: Savage Family

Changes in skin, eyes, body shape and the ability to make tools set Homo erectus (sometimes called Homo ergaster) apart from earlier species. Go behind the scenes to discover how a TV series brought the human story to life. More...

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BBC

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