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    An early hominid, Homo erectus, depicted in this diorama from the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Human Biology and Evolution, lived nearly 2 million years ago in the eastern Rift Valley of Africa.

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Homo rudolfensis lived about 1.9 million years ago, becoming extinct about 1.8 million years ago.

Diorama with Extinct Cephalopod Species The animals in this scene are all distant ancestors of the modern day Nautilus.

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Homo heidelbergensis (700,000 to 200,000 years ago.) by Sam_Wise, via Flickr. Photo of a bust in the National Museum of Natural History; Washington, D.C.. first discovered in 1908, near Heidelberg, Germany.

Neanderthals Were as Smart as Early Humans. Anthropologists have found that complex interbreeding and assimilation may have been responsible for their disappearance about 40,000 years ago, not the superiority of their humans. “Although many still search for a simple explanation and like to attribute the Neanderthal demise to a single factor, such as cognitive or technological inferiority, archaeology shows that there is no support for such interpretations.”

This amazes me. timeline graphic | Hominid Skulls from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Human heart - Dr David Barlow has won the prestigious Lennart Nilsson award for his spectacular images of the human body. This image, of one of the chambers of the human heart, shows clearly the detailed structure of muscle and valve. The prize, awarded each year, is given for the best visual representation of science, medicine, biology and technology.

Mounted Neanderthal skeleton, American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Visualizing Human Biology

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Muscles of the Hand Human Biology Anatomy Illustration Vintage