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All who wander are not lost

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Science  03 Apr 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6486, pp. 34-35
DOI: 10.1126/science.abb4590

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Today's humans can learn a thing or two about life from Homo erectus, our most likely direct ancestor. Dispersed across Africa and Asia, H. erectus survived for more than 1.5 million years, enduring climatic, geographical, and ecosystem variability while coexisting with other closely related ancestral-human species and diverse animal populations (1). On page 47 of this issue, Herries et al. provide geochronological context for two new hominin cranial fossils (DNH 134 and DNH 152) that reveals some early habits of H. erectus (2).

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