Homo habilis


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Homo hab·i·lis

 (hăb′ə-ləs)
n.
A species of extinct humans known from fossil remains found in eastern and perhaps southern Africa and dating from about 2 to 1.6 million years ago.

[New Latin Homō habilis, species name : Latin homō, man + Latin habilis, skillful.]

Homo habilis

(ˈhæbɪlɪs)
n
an extinct species of primitive man, the first to use stone tools
[New Latin, from Latin homo man + habilis able to handle, skilled]

Homo hab·i·lis

(hăb′ə-ləs)
An extinct species of humans considered to be an ancestor of modern humans and the earliest hominid to make tools. This species existed between about 2.0 and 1.5 million years ago.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Homo habilis - extinct species of upright East African hominid having some advanced humanlike characteristics
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
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naledi could replace Homo habilis, which lived as far back as 2.
The pinky provides further information about the descent of pre-human hominins from the trees to the ground, and belongs to a transitionary species between Homo sapiens and smaller species like Homo habilis and Paranthropus boisei.
Ancient stone artifacts from East Africa were first uncovered at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania in the mid-20th century, and those tools were later associated with fossil discoveries in the 1960s of the early human ancestor Homo habilis.
Our finding disproves the long-standing assumption that Homo habilis was the first tool maker.
Also on Wednesday, another research team reported in a paper released by the journal Nature that the lower part of the face of Homo habilis, the earliest known member of the Homo branch, was surprisingly primitive.
Homo habilis Homo rudolfensis Homo erectus The scientists behind the discovery claim the different lineages some experts have described in Africa -- such as and -- were all just ancient people of the species who looked different from each other.
Statistically this is not very likely, she says, but nevertheless there were researchers who proposed up to five contemporary species of early Homo in Africa, including Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis, Homo ergaster and Homo erectus.
As a result, five species of early Homo have been identified, including Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis and Homo erectus.
The song lyrics go on to say that "Neanderthals developed tools", which is rather unfair to homo habilis, which used stone tools long before homo neanderthalis was around.
With Louis and Mary Leakey he reported the discovery of Homo habilis in 1964.