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Homo heidelbergensis

Successive waves of hominids out of Africa seemed to have populated Europe and Asia in the period following one million years ago.

Bodo skull

The skull of Homo heidelbergensis was found in Africa; others of the same species have been found in Europe and Asia.


© AMNH / Rod Mickens

Homo heidelbergensis reconstruction by Gary Sawyer

Kabwe skull

The Kabwe skull, the first ancient hominid fossil ever found in Africa, was discovered not by paleoanthropologists but by miners.

This species, H. heidelbergensis, was one of a number of hominid species living in Europe between 500,000 and 40,000 years ago.

Few hominid fossils have been found in eastern Asia from the period between 200,000 and 50,000 years ago. This skull from central China resembles those of certain hominids living in Europe and Africa at this time.

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