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Trinil 2

Image of Homo erectus, Trinil 1
Trinil 2
Exhibit Item
Site: Trinil, Java, Indonesia
Year of Discovery: 1891
Discovered by: Eugene Dubois
Age: Between 1 million and 700,000 years old
Species: Homo erectus

Trinil 2

Indonesia's "Java Man"

While searching for fossils in Java, physician Eugène Dubois uncovered the tophalf of an early human skull in 1891. This skull, Trinil 2, is long, with a flat forehead and distinct browridges and a sagittal keel, though many of its features have been worn flat with age. Dubois named a new species, Pithecanthropus erectus after this specimen in 1894, but Ernst Mayr reassigned Trinil 2 to Homo erectus in the 1950s.

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