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ANT 201/200 - January 15th, 2013.doc

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University of Toronto Mississauga
David Smith

Hominin Dispersals human = homo Pleoistocene (ice ages) is dated from : 1.8million years ago to 12 kya. There was a constant transition between the warmer and more colder conditions. {Biology} • Homo ergaster • A separate species to homo ergaster is Homo Erectus • homo heidelbergensis • Homo neanderthalensis (homo Neanderthals) • Homo Sapiens ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Homo ergaster & Homo Erectus are dated between: 2 million years ago to 50, 000? BP We don’t know how long homo erectus survived along for. Lake Turkana in South Africa is key to Homo ergaster and it dates to 1.6 million years ago. East Africa East Turkana : Dates back from 1.6 to 1.5 million years ago, the KNM-ER 3733 skull can be found there. Homo Ergaster West Turkana: Dates back to 1.5 million years ago, the skeleton of a 12 year old is what the site is best known for of a boy, lucy is also well known to the site. Homo Ergaster South Africa Swartkrans: Dates back to 1.6 million years ago. Fire was a key change for Homo during this time period especially at this site Asia Java (Trinil) site: Dates back to 1.8 milin years ago Dmanisi, Georgia site: Dates back to 1.7 million years ago Zhoukoudien site: dates back to 300,000 years ago Homo Ergaster (our ancestor): dates back from 1.8 million years ago to 600,000 years ago It’s post cranial skeleton is fully modern but its SKULL is NOT.
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