All Your Homo Erectus Belong to One Species

At the ancient watering hole of Dmanisi, Georgia, they have more Homo erectus than we’ve ever found anywhere. None of this “bits of jaw” stuff.

And now that they can see more than bits of jaw, it turns out that the many separate “species” were just different-looking Homo erectus individuals of different ages and sexes.

So I guess Dmanisi is the new Olduvai.

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2 responses to “All Your Homo Erectus Belong to One Species

  1. *laughs* I got scolded for suggesting exactly that in school!

    “But… if we don’t have even a full skeleton, how do we know that this group isn’t the same as that one?”

    • You have a logical mind and ask logical questions. But it’s a rare science teacher/professor with the humility to explain, “This is our current best guess, and it could be wrong. Probably is.”

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