Homo Erectus

Homo Erectus discovered fire

Homo Erectus was the first hominid believed to be part of the hunter-gatherer hominids, which includes Heidelbergensis and the Neanderthal. Known as "up-right" man, Homo Erectus stood up-right and was the beginning of a group of people that resembled modern man more closely. Homo Erectus' arms were shorter than hominids before him, which allowed him to stand up straight.

  When Did Homo Erectus Walk the Earth?
  Homo Erectus was alive between 1 and 1.8 million years ago. They migrated from Africa and reached as far as eastern Asia. Expanding on the ability of Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus also used tools, although more sophisticated than those of their ancestors.
  Homo Erectus' Migration North
Homo Erectus eating Like previous hominids, Homo Erectus lived in the savannas of Africa until he developed the need to migrate into parts of Europe and East Asia. Because of the changing landscape of the African savanna, Homo Erectus drifted north and east to other continents. Believed to be the direct ancestor of Homo Hiedelbergensis and Neanderthal man, Homo Erectus is believed to possibly be the root to our genealogical tree.
  Homo Erectus is believed to have been the first creature on Earth to control and harness the power of fire. Several charred bones of dead animals have been found next to 1 million year old Homo Erectus fossils. Because Homo Erectus began to cook his food, his brain became well nourished as the protein and nutrients in animal meat fed his body.


Homo Erectus Quiz

1. Homo Erectus' name means...
a) "man with many tools."
b) "up-right man."
c) "man that controls fire."
d) "migrating man.

2. True or False

Homo Erectus did not hunt for his food.

3. Complete the sentence.

Homo Erectus drifted north to _________ and _________.
a) North Africa / North America
b) South America / Alaska
c) Antarctica / Asia
d) Europe / Eastern Asia

4. Homo Erectus is believed to have controlled fire because...
a) charred remains of different animals were found near H. Erectus fossils.
b) there is proof of many forests fires during this time.
c) A and B
d) many of them suffered burns.

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