the best science on the web about
Homo habilis

Homo habilis
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Cicero Moraes

Homo habilis

This early human species stood on average 4 feet tall and weighed 70 pounds. However small, Homo habilis was a huge fossil find. Many thought it was the first species to make stone tools.

Investigate more about the fossils found by Louis and Mary Leakey’s team of scientists in Africa's Olduvai Gorge.

Smithsonian
Loading...
eFossils: Homo habilis

eFossils: Homo habilis

Paying attention to small details is key to understanding the clues preserved in fossils. Discover what those of Homo habilis reveal about our oldest human species. More...

Images
University of Texas, Austin
Homo habilis

Homo habilis

Long considered a direct ancestor of modern humans, Homo habilis may be out on another limb in our family tree. Find out why some scientists have reassessed the lineage of this species. More...

Article
Australian Museum
Homo habilis: Facts and Features

Homo habilis: Facts and Features

Where was this species found? What are its distinguishing characteristics? And why is it known as a complicated species? Read on for the answers. More...

Article
ArchaeologyInfo.com
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...

Profile
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...

Video
The Guardian
Loading...
The Song of Homo habilis

The Song of Homo habilis

See the story of Homo habilis set to music and rhyme. The earliest of our ancestors with a big brain, this species was among the first to make tools. More...

Video
Ryan Newton
The Top Seven Human Evolution Discoveries from Tanzania

The Top Seven Human Evolution Discoveries from Tanzania

Louis and Mary Leakey’s discovery of Homo habilis and other major fossils at Olduvai Gorge in the 1950s and '60s inspired many to search for human ancestors. Investigate some of the most important fossil finds from Tanzania. More...

Article
Smithsonian
Walking with Cavemen: Homo habilis

Walking with Cavemen: Homo habilis

Relatively big brains and small teeth were two adaptations that distinguished Homo habilis from Australopithecus. Learn what else set them apart and what their secret weapon was. More...

Article
BBC

Latest Comments

You Also Might Like

  1. sloths

    sloths

  2. dogs

    dogs

  3. Australopithecus

    Australopithecus

  4. herbivores

    herbivores

  5. mimicry

    mimicry