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A hominid species that lived about 500,000 years ago and is thought to have been the first hominid to leave Africa; H heidelbergensis used tools and hunted, but showed no signs of making art, jewelry or other signs of abstract thought. He is regarded as the direct ancestor of Homo neanderthalensis in Europe and Homo sapiens
Heidelberg man Homo erectus heidelbergensis, who lived some 550,000 BP and became extinct some 400,000 BP. Heidelberg man, Java man (Pithecanthropus) , Peking man (Sinanthropus) and Atlanthropus are usually all regarded as Homo erectus.