The Homo habilis is the first species of the Homo genus. So the fellow above is your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great–okay you get the idea-grandfather. They are believed to have lived in Tanzania around 1.75 million years ago. They made tools out of shaping stones. They are nicknamed the “Handyman” because of their ability to manipulate tools. Their cranial capacity was a little less than half of ours, but I bet any modern human would be outsurvived in the wild by one of these!
I am glad that the Homo’s of today do not look like this fellow, though I am sure he would think we were very strange looking as well!
Next: An Ape-Human!
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.