In this week’s session, we looked at some of the early species of the genus Homo: Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis, Homo ergaster, Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis and Homo naledi.
We also looked at some of the first evidence for tool making with the Oldowan industry. A couple of episodes of the BBC’s ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ series looked at these tools: Olduvai Stone Chopping Tool and Olduvai Handaxe. These podcasts can be listened to online or downloaded to be listened to in your own time.
Other webpages that may be of interest are:
- Homo naledi, your most recently discovered human relative (Natural History Museum, London)
- Homo naledi is only 250,000 years old – here’s why that matters (New Scientist)
- Homo habilis (Smithsonian)
- Homo habilis (Australian Museum)
- Homo rudolfensis (Smithsonian)
- Homo rudolfensis (Australian Museum)
- Homo ergaster (Australian Museum)
- Homo erectus (Smithsonian)
- Homo erectus (Australian Museum)
- Homo heidelbergensis (Smithsonian)
- Homo heidelbergensis (Australian Museum)