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Drawing by Dubois of Java Man skull (H.erectus)

Drawing by Dubois of Java Man skull (H.erectus)

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Java Man. Drawing by Dubois of a skull of 'Java Man' (Homo erectus). The skull was found by Marie Dubois (1858-1940), the Dutch palaeontologist, at Trinil, Java, in 1891. He described the skull and an associated femur as Pithecanthropus erectus, more commonly known as 'Java Man'. He was met with scorn and derision from his peers when presenting the find as evidence of a link between man and apes. It wasn't until the 1920s when the finds of Peking Man further supported the case of P.erectus that Dubois' theories became accepted. By that time, however, Dubois felt so rejected that even he didn't believe his own theory. P.erectus is now viewed as a regional variant of Homo erectus.

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