Title The last of the first humans to walk upright have been discovered Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet CNN Media type Web Country United States Date 18/12/19 Description Between 108,000 and 117,000 years ago, the first humans to walk upright took their last stand. Researchers have discovered the youngest fossils of Homo erectus in Central Java, Indonesia, an ancient human species that went extinct before modern humans evolved. The researchers say that their findings confirm when the species went extinct.
The study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The fossils were found at the Ngandong site, where climate change likely signaled the end for Homo erectus.
The Ngandong site was first excavated in the 1930s by a Dutch team, recovering more than 25,000 fossils in a bone bed -- 14 of which belonged to Homo erectus, including 12 skull caps and two lower leg bones. The majority of fossils belonged to animals.
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