Homo heidelbergensis... "was first early human species to live in colder climates, their ­­­short, wide bodies were likely an adaptation to conserving heat. It lived at the time of the oldest definite control of fire and use of wooden spears, and it was the first early human species to routinely hunt large animals. This early human also broke new ground; it was the first species to build shelters—creating simple dwellings out of wood and rock."

AFRIKA / KABWE Image of male reconstruction based on Kabwe by John Gurche (Homo heidelbergensis).

The Homo heidelbergensis lived from about 700,000 yrs ago to 200,000 yrs ago. These were the first early humans to venture into the cold latitudes of Europe, were the first species to build shelters, and hunt big game animals with wooden spears. European populations of this species were the direct ancestors of the Homo neanderthalensis, NOT Homo sapiens.

Homo heidelbergensis - an extinct species of the genus Homo which lived in Africa, Europe and western Asia from at least years ago. It survived until about to years ago.

Recreation of a group of Homo heidelbergensis, based on the remains found in the Sima of the Bones.

Mauricio Anton: Recreation of a group of Homo heidelbergensis, based on the remains found in the Sima of the Bones.

So far we have unearthed fossil evidence from more than 20 different human-like species, known as hominins, who are more closely related to humans than any of the apes alive today.     Meet some of our oldest relatives below and discover what insights they can provide about our own evolution.

From left to right, reconstructions of Australopithecus ramidus, early and late Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis, a Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis) and a modern human (Homo sapiens).

Homo Heidelbergensis | Reconstrucción de Homo Heidelbergensis - Kennis & Kennis ...

Homo Heidelbergensis | Reconstrucción de Homo Heidelbergensis - Kennis & Kennis ...

Homo heidelbergensis es una especie extinta del género Homo. Eran individuos altos que tenían 1,80 m de estatura y muy fuertes (llegarían a 105 kg), de grandes cráneos que median 1350 cm³, muy aplanados con relación a los del hombre actual, con mandíbulas salientes y gran abertura nasal.

Homo heidelbergensis es una especie extinta del género Homo. Eran individuos altos que tenían 1,80 m de estatura y muy fuertes (llegarían a 105 kg), de grandes cráneos que median 1350 cm³, muy aplanados con relación a los del hombre actual, con mandíbulas salientes y gran abertura nasal.

ancient human Skeleton of a Homo heidelbergensis from Sima de los Huesos,

400,000-Year-Old Hominin DNA Throws Everything We Know About Human Evolution Into Disarray

SPANISH HOMINID >>>> Here, a skeleton of a Homo heidelbergensis from Sima de los Huesos, a unique cave site in Northern Spain.

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.

Homo heidelbergensis was only slightly taller than the Neanderthal

The researchers have found that Homo heidelbergensis was only slightly taller than the Neanderthal (SINC / José Antonio Peñas)

Homo heidelbergensis | The Smithsonian Institution's Human Origins Program

Homo heidelbergensis – also Homo rhodesiensis – is an extinct species of the genus Homo that lived in Africa, Europe and western Asia between and years ago. Homo sapiens are most likely descended from heidelbergensis.

Heidelberg Man thought to be the progenitor of Neanderthals.  Primative language, use of red paint and buried their dead.  First sign of spirituality.  In the scheme of our other lesser developed hominids it did not last very long. Lived between600,000 and 400,000 years ago

Cranium 5 is one of the most important discoveries in the Sima de los Huesos, Atapuerca (Spain) Homo heidelbergensis (See this fossil in Sapiens mobile app)

The world's largest known sample of fossil humans has been classified as Homo Heidelbergensis but in fact they are early Neanderthals, according to a study by Prof Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum. So, we continue to struggle with classifications when it comes to people?

Mauricio Antón - The world's largest known sample of fossil humans has been classified as Homo Heidelbergensis, but in fact they are early Neanderthals, according to a study by Prof Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum.

Homo heidelbergensis reconstruction by Bogdan Petry

Homo heidelbergensis - sometimes called Homo rhodesiensis - is an extinct species of the genus Homo which lived in Africa, .

The Homo heidelbergensis Cranium 5, one of the most important discoveries; its nearly complete mandible was only found years later

The Homo heidelbergensis Cranium 5, one of the most important discoveries; its nearly complete mandible was only found years later

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