Hominid skulls

Hominid skulls

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Credit: PASCAL GOETGHELUCK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Human ancestor skulls. Five skulls belonging to some ancestors and relatives of modern humans. The three skulls at left are, from bottom left to top centre, Australopithecus africanus (3-1.8 million years ago), Homo habilis (or H. rudolfensis, 2.1- 1.6 mya) and Homo erectus (or H. ergaster, 1.8-0.3 mya, although the ergaster classification is generally recognised to mean the earlier part of this period). The black skull at upper right is from a modern human (Homo sapiens sapiens) from the Qafzeh site in Israel, which is around 92,000 years old. The pale skull at lower right is from a French Cro-Magnon human, a later form of the same species, from around 22,000 years ago.

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Keywords: anthropology, australopithecus africanus, bone bones, comparison, cro-magnon, erectus, ergaster, evolution, evolutionary biology, five, fossil man, fossilised, habilis, hominid, hominids, hominin, homo habilis, homo sapiens sapiens, human, palaeoanthropology, palaeontology, paleoanthropology, paleontology, qafzeh, rudolfensis, skull, skulls

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