The Elements of Evolution (61-8) Homo helmei

Homo helmei

Human history commenced at a very much later date in South than in East Africa. ~ T.F. Dreyer

A partial skull was found in Florisbad, South Africa in 1932, dated 259 thousand years old. Its discoverer, paleoanthropologist T.F. Dreyer, declared it a new species – H. helmei – based upon its admixture of early Homo sapiens and more archaic features. While some researchers think many of the African hominin fossils from around this time should be lumped into H. helmei, others tuck this oddity into the lump known as H. heidelbergensis.