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KNM-ER 1481

Image of KNM-ER 1481, left femur
KNM-ER 1481
Exhibit Item
Site: Koobi Fora, Kenya
Year of Discovery: 1972
Discovered by: John M. Harris
Age: About 1.89 million years old
Species: Homo erectus

Longer legs and travel to new regions

This long 1.89 million year old femur (thigh bone), KNM-ER 1481 from Koobi Fora, Kenya, enabled its owner, a Homo erectus individual, to take long strides and therefore to walk farther and faster than earlier humans.


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