The Elements of Evolution (61-15) Homo antecessor

Homo antecessor

Hominins reached Europe by 780 TYA, probably earlier. H. antecessor (1.2–0.8 MYA) may have been the first home-grown European species. The fossil record is sketchy, but H. antecessor looks to have been of similar stature to modern humans, albeit longer, more slender arms and a wider chest. Stone tools found nearby suggest they were used for skinning carcasses and woodworking. Evidence suggests that H. antecessor practiced cannibalism.