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Homo heidelbergensis ("Heidelberg Man", named after the University of Heidelberg) is an extinct species of the genus Homo which may be the direct ancestor of both Homo neanderthalensis in Europe and Homo sapiens. The best evidence found for these hominins dates them between 600,000 and 400,000 years ago. H. heidelbergensis stone tool technology was very close to that of the Acheulean tools used by Homo erectus.

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Homo heidelbergensis was only slightly taller than the Neanderthal

Homo heidelbergensis was slightly taller than the Neanderthal. Some suggestions have been made that Bigfoot could be the living descendant of this species! Also read about in Wikipedia.


Australopithecus robustus, homo habilis, homo erectus, homo sapiens neanderthalensis, homo sapiens sapiens all walking to show their height and structure, as well as diagrams of their brains above each with the cortex coloured, to show how the brain increased in size.