Page 189 Homo Antecessor

This is my kind of hominin-he lived in Europe.  Okay I guess, back then it didn’t make any difference if you lived in Africa or Asia or Europe, but it still makes me giggle to think of this guy sitting in France thinking he is so much better then those Homo erectus’s in Asia. 

This is Homo antecessor,and they were tool users who are thought to have made tools as needed instead of reusing a particular tool over and over again.  It is believed they used tools to de-flesh animals and to extract marrow.  It is also thought that they engaged in cannibalism, as some of the bones of this species have the same markings from stone tools that animal bones show.

So maybe this isn’t my type of early human….

Next: Did they bury their dead?

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.  

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