Homo erectus


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Ho·mo e·rec·tus

 (hō′mō ĭ-rĕk′təs)
n.
A species of extinct humans known from fossil remains found in Africa and Eurasia and dating from about 1.9 million to less than 100,000 years ago. Homo erectus is widely regarded as an ancestor of Homo sapiens.

[New Latin Homō ērēctus, species name : Latin homō, man + Latin ērēctus, upright.]

Homo erectus

(ɪˈrɛktəs)
n
an extinct species of primitive man, able to walk upright. See also Java man, Peking man
[New Latin, from Latin homo man + erectus upright]

Ho·mo e·rec·tus

(hō′mō ĭ-rĕk′təs)
An extinct species of humans that lived during the Pleistocene Epoch from about 1.6 million years ago to 250,000 years ago. Homo erectus was the first species of humans to master fire, and its remains have been found in Africa, Europe, and Asia. It is widely thought to be the direct ancestor of modern humans.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Homo erectus - extinct species of primitive hominid with upright stature but small brain; "Homo erectus was formerly called Pithecanthropus erectus"
genus Homo - type genus of the family Hominidae
human, human being, homo, man - any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
Java man, Trinil man - fossil remains found in Java; formerly called Pithecanthropus erectus
Peking man - fossils found near Beijing, China; they were lost during World War II
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Summary: Homo erectus was the first member of our genus Homo, and so was the first species of human
All these highlights, a notable shift away from the preceding Acheulian large-flake technologies, mainly the Acheulian hand axe, used by the hominins-members of Homo erectus or similar who left Africa more than 1.
His research suggests that language began with Homo erectus more than a million years ago and has existed for 60,000 generations.
Until now it was believed that Homo floresiensis, named after the Indonesian island of Flores where their bones were found in 2003, were tiny versions of our ancestor, Homo erectus.
Some believe they derived from the Asian ancestor of modern humans called Homo erectus, with their tiny bodies evolving "to survive the constrained resources they faced in a new island environment" although no Homo erectus remains have been found on that island, Flores.
The more likely scenario, he explains, is that "a small group of Homo erectus ended up on Flores about one million years ago and they shrunk.
Se refiere a la aparicion en el yacimiento de Liang Bua de la isla de Flores (Indonesia) de un humano diminuto (alrededor de un metro de altura y craneo de un volumen a juego), muy parecido en sus rasgos al Homo erectus pero cuya presencia se mantuvo hasta hace unos 18.
Australopithecus was one of the first such ape species, which gradually evolved into Homo erectus.
The researchers argue the remains are descended from Homo erectus, suggesting an evolutionary reversal where human bodies, including brains, shrunk.
8 million years ago, Homo erectus sliced up raw meat with stone tools before eating it, say Harvard University paleoanthropologists Katherine Zink and Daniel Lieberman.
The University of California's Tim White said from what he had seen, the fossils belonged to Homo erectus, a species discovered in the late 19th century.
This makes Homo erectus the first "global player" in human evolution.