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Turkana boy skull

Turkana boy skull

E438/0196

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PHILIPPE PLAILLY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PHILIPPE PLAILLY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Turkana boy skull. Moulding of the fossilised skull of Turkana boy (Homo erectus). The almost complete skeleton was discovered by a member of Richard Leakey's team at Nariokotome near Lake Turkana, Kenya, in 1984. Homo erectus was the most wide ranging of the hominids (relatives of humans) with the exception of modern humans, though their numbers actually remained relatively low. Homo erectus lived from around 1.8-0.3 million years ago and Turkana boy is dated as being approximately 1.6 million years old. Already 1.6m tall, it is estimated he would have reached 1.8m if he had lived to adulthood.

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