In what ways was Homoerectus different from earlier hominids?

Homoerectus (Upright man) lived between two million to two hundred thousand years ago.




  • He was five and a half feet tall.
  • He was bipedal (walked on two legs).
  • He made and used tools, such as hand-axes, crude spears and arrowheads from stone, bone and wood.

In what ways was Homoerectus different from earlier hominids?

Homoerectus was different from hominids that came before him in the following ways:

  • He had a bigger brain.
  • He had a long skull.
  • He had long protruding jaws.
  • He could communicate by speech.
  • He made and used fire.
  • He had some form of home.




the places where remains of Homoerectus were found.

The remains of Homoerectus were found:

  • At Hadar and Omo river valley in Ethiopia,
  • At Nariokotone River on the north-western shore of Lake Turkana,
  • At Olorgesailie near Lake Magadi.
  • At Isimila near Iringa in Tanzania,
  • In Tenerife in Algeria,
  • In morocco.
  • In South Africa.




Homoerectus also lived in France, Spain, India, Indonesia, Hungary and Brazil. In Asia, he is referred to as Java man or Peking Man

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