Homo Heidelbergensis

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Homo Heidelbergensis

Homo Heidelbergensis

It owes his name to the German site of Heidelberg in 1907 and named by Otto Schoetensack.Homo heidelbergensis ("Heidelberg Man", named after the University of Heidelberg)

Origin of the name

General information

Recent findings in a pit in Atapuerca (Spain) of 28 human skeletons suggest that H. heidelbergensis may have been the first species of the Homo genus to bury their dead.

The companies heidelbergensis possessed magnificent carvers of the stone and the bone, making instruments of great format between which stand out: hand axes or bifaces, cleavers (littler than hand axes)and acheuleans. On wood lances and pointed javelins were made.



The heidelbergensis were tall and robust, with brains of some 1200 cranial capacity, it presented a large brow-ridges, a slightly protruding face, and lack of prominent chin.Height: 1,6 - 1,8m


·The first fossil was made on October 21, 1907, and came from Mauer, Germany. ·In 1994 a few miles away from the English Channel, at the Boxgrove Quarry site.·In 1992, a Spanish team located more than 5,500 human bones dated to an age of at least 350,000 years in the Sima de los Huesos site in the Sierra de Atapuerca in northern Spain.·In 2005,in the cliffs at Pakefield in Suffolk, east England.·Between 1994 and 1998 in the open-cast lignite mine, Schöningen, Germany.

Victoria SauraEnrique VervoortMaría Cascales

The most striking of these is not his physique but his possession of high intelligence

Sometimes called Homo rhodesiensis.Descendant of Homo antecessor and ergaster. This gives place to the Homo Neanderthal.It's an extinct species of the genus Homo which lived in Africa, Europe and western Asia from at least 600,000 years ago. It survived until 200,000 years ago.

Life expentancy: 40-45 yearsSocial organization: in groupsWay of living (food): hunting, harvest and beeing nomad scavenger


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