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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
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