Java Man skull

Java Man skull

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Caption: Java Man. Side view of the skullcap of the Trinil 2 hominid fossil Homo erectus, meaning erect ape- man, previously named Pithecanthropus erectus. It was found in 1894 during excavations in Java lead by Eugene Dubois (1858-1940). This specimen is thus popularly known as Java man. It was found, along with a complete femur (thighbone) in sedimentary deposits at a bend of the Solo river in Trinil, Central Java, Indonesia. Homo erectus is the most widespread and longest-surviving of all the fossil hominids. Its geographical spread included North and East Africa, Europe, Indonesia and China. It lived from about 1.6 million years ago (East Africa) to 300,000 years ago (China).

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Keywords: anthropology, bone bones, fossil, fossil man, hominid, hominids, hominin, homo erectus, java, java man, palaeoanthropology, palaeontology, paleoanthropology, paleontology, pithecanthropus erectus, skull, skullcap

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