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When Dr. Eugene Dubois discovered the first Homo erectus fossils in Java in 1891, he named the species Pithecanthropus erectus (?Ã´the ape-man who walks upright?Ã¶). The name was changed to Homo erectus (?Ã´upright man?Ã¶) after scientists realized that P. erectus and some other similar finds were actually a type of early human. Many specimens are known at this time, 40 in Java alone. Many experts feel that the species originated in Africa approximately 2 million years ago as Homo ergaster (sometimes also called H. erectus), and dispersed in Asia ?Ã» and possibly Europe - over the next millions years. Crude tools have been found in association with the remains of H. erectus and they may have also used fire. Adults were thick-boned with massive jaws and heavy brow ridges. Their brains were smaller than either Neandertal or modern man, but nearly twice as big as a large Australopithecine. It is presumed by many scientists that H. erectus or H. ergaster was a direct ancestor to modern humans.
Also see the full sized hominid skull, BH038
Model size: 9.5(L) x 6.4(W) x 7.6(H) cm
Sculpted by anatomical sculptor Dr. Steve Wagner, and licensed exclusively to Bone Clones, these detailed miniature skulls accurately represent the osteological anatomy of 7 primate skulls: Human, Gorilla, Chimpanzee and 4 early hominids. Made of our custom formulated, durable, resin and expertly finished, these extraordinary miniature skulls feature all the detail of the originals. Easily handled, and a convenient size for comparative study, the Bone Clones Half Scale Series skulls display beautifully and are a great teaching aid.
(Information courtesy Bone Clones, Inc)