Specialists from the Palaeontological University of Johannesburg are studying an unusual skull that belonged to Homo erectus. Its remains have been found in South Africa. They are considered the oldest evidence of the evolutionary chain of human development. The hominin was the ancestor of our contemporary. It survived climate change and moved from Africa to other parts of the world. But a more detailed study of the skull has shown that Homo erectus appeared 200,000 years earlier than scientists thought.
Stephanie Baker is a researcher and Ph.D. student at the Paleo Research Institute of the University of Johannesburg. She directs research at the Dreamolen fossil site in the cradle of humanity. Fragments of DNH 134, the oldest man on the planet, were found there.
On this part of the planet, there are often remains that are millions of years old. They are subject to special chemical research. During one archaeological season specialists found many remains and among them - a strange skull, the analogs of which have not been seen before.
They asked themselves - what kind of hominine is this? Stephanie Biker says that this find has challenged science. The skull was compared to all the other examples of the hominid head structure. As a result, scientists concluded that they had discovered the very first ancestor of modern man, Homo erectus.
This hominin walked on two legs and was more like modern humans than all other species. It had disproportionately short arms and long legs. He could travel long distances. Researchers will continue to study it, finding out more and more about the oldest man on the planet.