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Homo erectus skull

Homo erectus skull

E438/0133

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Caption

Homo erectus skull. Artwork, from 1931, showing a reconstruction of the skull of Java Man, based on the fossil skull fragments (dark grey) discovered by Dubois in Java in 1891. At the time of this reconstruction, the specimen was classified as Pithecanthropus erectus. It is now known as Homo erectus, and is considered a direct ancestor of modern humans, dating to 1-2 million years ago. The scale bars compare the cranium (brain-case) to a modern human's cranium, showing it to be almost as long, but smaller top-bottom. Reconstruction published in 1928 by Weinart. Artwork from New Discoveries relating to The Antiquity of Man (Sir Arthur Keith, 1931). For this image without the scale bars, see E438/134.

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