Saturday, December 21, 2013

Famous Hominid Discoveries

Lucy: Australopithecus afarensis, 3.2 million years old
Discovered by Donald Johanson in eastern Africa.

Taung Child: Australopithecus africanus, 2.5 million years old
Discovered in South Africa. First described by Raymond Dart.

Twiggy (OH 24): Homo habilis, 1.8 million years old
Discovered by Peter Nzube at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania.

Zinj: Australopithecus boisei (or Australopithecus paranthropus), 1.75 million years old
Discovered by Mary Leakey in eastern Africa.

Java Man: Homo erectus, 1.81 million years old
Discovered by Eugene Dubois in East Java, Indonesia.

Turkana Boy: Homo ergaster (Homo erectus), 1.6 million years old
Discovered by Richard Leakey in Kenya.

Peking Man: Homo erectus, 750,000 years old
Discovered near Beijing, China.

Notice that there is overlap in the dates. This is because there was more
than just one hominid species that existed at any given time in the past.
Names are derived from location of discovery, person who made the
discovery, or in the case of Lucy, from a Beatles song.

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