1 Million Years Ago: Brains, Fire, and Handaxes

Homo erectus

Age: 1 Million

PlaceAfrica and Eurasia

Cranial Capacity ~900-1,200cc

NotesBy 1 million years ago Homo erectus had spread all over Africa and southern Eurasia. In Africa, the group was using Acheulean tools and appears to have been making fires.

Brain growth continues. At 1 million years ago, Homo erectus has similar brain sizes around the globe, but this doesn't last long. New forms of Homo with bigger brains show up soon in Africa.

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