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He had a slender body well adapted to living in hot climates.
Homo erectus was the first human ancestor to migrate out of Africa 1.8 million years ago.
In an August 2007 article in Nature, Maeve Leakey of the Koobi Fora Research Project announced her team had found a well-preserved, 1.55-million-year-old skull of a young adult specimens.
The fossils were found several years before but extra care was taken identifying the species and dating the fossils, which was done from volcanic ash deposits.
Several specimens have also been recovered from sites in China, Indonesia, and Dmanisi in the Republic of Georgia.
It fashioned more advanced tools (double-edged, teardrop-shaped "hand axes" and "cleavers" ) and controlled fire (based on the discovery of charcoal with erectus fossils).
You'd be prey." Geologic Age 1.7 million years to 250,000 years ago.
As the excavation of the hillside progressed more pieces of skull, teeth, and then ribs began to be uncovered.
This turned into one of the most exciting excavations of arguably the most important fossil discovered in east Africa.
Homo erectus's skull was surprisingly thick--- so thick in fact that some fossil hunters have mistaken it for a turtle shell.
The top and sides of the cranium had thick, bony walls and a low, a wide profile, and in many ways resembled a bicycle helmet.