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Photo of Homo heidelbergensis, Bodo, skull, 3/4 view
Exhibit Item
Site: Middle Awash, Ethiopia
Year of Discovery: 1976
Discovered by: Alemayhew Asfaw, Paul Whitehead, and Craig Wood
Age: About 600,000 years old

A direct ancestor?

The large face and braincase of this cranium connect it with Homo heidelbergensis, known in Europe. African populations of this species were likely the forerunners of the earliest Homo sapiens.

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