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Homo habilis (Australopithecus)


Homo habilis ("handy man",) is a species of the genus Homo that lived at the beginning of the Paleozoic Era. Homo habilis is arguably the first species of the Homo genus to appear.

Age Range

Homo habilis lived from approximately 2.5 million to 1.8 million years ago. This was in the Paleozoic era.



Paleozoic Era - 2.5 Million Years Ago Roman Empire - 1000


Finding is credited to Mary and Louis Leakey, who found fossils in Tanzania, East Africa, between 1962 and 1964.

Upper and lower limbs fossil remains discovered by Donald Johansson and Tim White in Olduvai Gorge in 1986, An finding from the Olduvai site found by N. Mbuika had included a lower jaw fragment, teeth and upper mandible.

Human Features

- Foramen Magnum directly underneath cranium

- Small Canine Teeth

- No Skull Crest

- Small Side Muscle Attachment Bone

Ape Features

- Thick Jaw Bone

- Large Brow Ridge

- Flat Chin

- Nose Bone

- Small Cranium

- Small Forehead

- Large Muzzle

Tool Making

- First stone tools made and used by Homo habilis

- Used in East Africa

- 2.5

million years ago

- Earliest sites in Gona River Region of Ethiopia,

- First discovered by Mary and Louis Leakey (who discovered Homo habilis), at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.

Flaking Techniques

Hard hammer (left) and soft hammer (right)


It is entirely possible Homo habilis had the ability.

Projected image of Homo habilis