News of the WeekPaleoanthropology

African Skull Points to One Human Ancestor

Science  22 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5563, pp. 2192-2193
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5563.2192b

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Almost 1.8 million years ago, a new kind of human appeared on the scene in Africa and Eurasia. For 2 decades anthropologists have debated whether the African and Asian fossils were all members of one peripatetic species, Homo erectus, or whether one group belonged to a different species, H. ergaster. A report in this week's issue of Nature concludes that all of the African and Asian fossils belong together in one species, H. erectus, making them all interbreeding members of the same global species that gave rise to living humans.