This photograph really gets to me, because in my human arrogance I look at the picture and think, “Oh, just a monkey.” I don’t even know if that term is technically correct But I look at it and sort of automatically assume this is an animal whose intelligence would never even approach that of the Homo family.
So I was shocked to read that it is believed that his species, the Paranthropus robustus, are believed to have used tools. Previously, it was believed that tools were the sole provence of the Homo genus.
This species lived somewhere between 1 million and 1.8 million years ago, in South Africa.
Images from The Last Human: A Guide to Twenty-Two Species of Extinct Humans, published by Yale University Press. Photographs copyright c 2007 by Viktor Deak. Photographs reproduced with permission of Viktor Deak and Yale University Press.