to be human

While the exact number of early human species is debated, on this page are links to summaries of the early human species accepted by most scientists. Open the link and click on any species to learn more about it.

by age:

 

Image of  reconstruction of <i>Sahelanthropus tchadensis<i> by artist John Gurche

Sahelanthropus tchadensis

Image of a common ancestor face illustration, front view

Orrorin tugenensis

Image of a common ancestor face illustration, front view

Ardipithecus kadabba

image of Ardipithecus ramidus face illustration, front view

Ardipithecus ramidus

Image of a common ancestor face illustration, front view

Australopithecus anamensis

Image of a common ancestor face illustration, front view

Kenyanthropus platyops

Image of male reconstruction based on AL444-2 by John Gurche. 3/4 view

Australopithecus afarensis

Image of a common ancestor face illustration, front view

Australopithecus garhi

Image of Paranthropus aethiopicus face illustration

Paranthropus aethiopicus

Image of reconstruction based on STS 5 by John Gurche

Australopithecus africanus

Image of <i>Homo rudolfensis</i> face illustration, front view

Homo rudolfensis

Image of a common ancestor face illustration, front view

Australopithecus sediba

Image of Homo habilis face illustration, front view

Homo habilis

Image of Paranthropus robustus  face illustration, front view

Paranthropus robustus

Image of male reconstruction based on OH 5 & KNM-ER 406 by John Gurche

Paranthropus boisei

Image of male reconstruction based on Kabwe by John Gurche

Homo heidelbergensis

Image of reconstruction based on ER 3733 by John Gurche

Homo erectus

Image of female hobbit reconstruction based on LB-1 by John Gurche

Homo floresiensis

Image of male Neanderthal reconstruction based on Shanidar 1 by John Gurche

Homo neanderthalensis

image of text: You Are Here

Homo sapiens

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