Homo habilis

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Homo habilis

An extinct hominid of the genus Homo that lived between 2.3 and 1.4 million years ago in Africa in the early Pleistocene period. H habilis was short, but had a less protruding face and a higher, rounder and larger brain cavity (±650 cc) than Australopithecus (±450 cc). H habilis was a tool-maker—from whence the translation of the name, “handyman”—and was the earliest known Homo until the discovery of H gautengensis in 2010.
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Blumenschine says the new fossil bears anatomical resemblances to both the original H.
rudolfensis, a proposed species whose fossils currently are assigned to H.
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229), two groups of scientists reported that there are no marked differences in body size between so-called robusts and other early hominids, including H.
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