Earliest known skull of Homo erectus unearthed by Australian-led team

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The earliest known skull of Homo erectus has been unearthed by an Australian-led team of
researchers who have dated the fossil at two million years old, showing the first of our
ancestors existed up to 200,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Period3 Apr 2020

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  • TitleEarliest known skull of Homo erectus unearthed by Australian-led team
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Guardian
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date3/04/20
    DescriptionThe earliest known skull of Homo erectus has been unearthed by an Australian-led team of
    researchers who have dated the fossil at two million years old, showing the first of our
    ancestors existed up to 200,000 years earlier than previously thought.
    The lead researcher Prof Andy Herries said the skull was pieced together from more than 150
    fragments uncovered at the Drimolen Main Quarry, located about 40km north of Johannesburg
    in South Africa. It was likely aged between two and three years old when it died.
    Producer/AuthorMelissa Davey
    URLhttps://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/apr/03/earliest-known-skull-of-homo-erectus-unearthed-by-australian-led-team
    PersonsKira Westaway