Homo habilis and the Oldowan

Homo habilis

Age: 2.3-1.8 Million

Place Eastern Africa

Cranial Capacity ~600cc

Notes Homo habilis was a tool user, and had teeth that were starting to look like ours, with only moderately reduced canines and incisors, but greatly reduced molars and premolars. The tools used by Homo habilis were primitive-looking. Called the Oldowan industry, it consisted of chopping tools made on fist-sized rocks by removing a few flakes (see below). They also used the flakes themselves. They were using these tools for butchering meat, something that there is little evidence for before Homo habilis.

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