Illustration of the stages in human evolution

Illustration of the stages in human evolution

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Credit: DAVID GIFFORD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Human evolution. Illustration merging some of the stages in the evolution of humans. At left, proconsul (23-15 million years ago) is depicted hypothetically as an African ape with both primitive and advanced features. From it Australopithecus afarensis (>4-2. 5 Myr BP) evolved and displayed a bipedal, upright gait walking on two legs. About 1. 5 Myr BP Homo erectus appeared in Africa, used fire, wooden tools, and migrated from Africa into Eurasia. Homo neanderthalensis (200, 000 years BP) lived in Europe and Middle East and was closely related to modern humans (right).

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