Crossword Puzzle for
Early Human Evolution
Topics 1-2: Early
Transitional Humans and Homo erectus
4. The name of the first species of early transitional humans. They lived
in East Africa about 2.4-1.6 million years ago and were relatively slender and
small like their australopithecine ancestors but had larger brains.
7. The continent where the bones of Homo antecessor and Homo
heidelbergensis were found.
9. The scientific name given by Davidson Black to the Homo erectus found
in the 1920’s near Beijing, China. The name literally means "Chinese man from
Peking." Black’s name for this species is no longer used by paleoanthropologists.
11. The country in Asia where the first discoveries of Homo erectus were
12. The sight in the nation of Georgia where the earliest human remains
have been found in all of Europe. This site dates to 1.75 million years ago.
14. The name that Eugene Dubois gave in 1894 to the fossil hominin that
he discovered in Java and Sumatra. His name for them literally meant "ape man
who stands erect." They are now considered to be Homo erectus.
16. The name of the species assigned by some researchers to the earliest
Homo erectus from Africa.
1. The name of the species assigned
by some researchers to the
earliest Homo habilis.
2. A limestone cave complex near
Beijing China where, in 1927,
bones of Homo erectus were
discovered by Gunnar Anderson.
This discovery sparked 10 years of
intense excavations by Anderson,
Davidson Black, and others that
resulted in the discovery of the
bones of 40 Homo erectus.
3. The term for the distinctive shape
of the incisor teeth of Homo
erectus. Their incisors usually
had a "scooped out"
appearance on the tongue side.
This trait is also found in most
East Asians and Native Americans
today but is rare among other
4. The first hominin species known to
migrate out of Africa.
5. The term for a prominent
projecting bony bar or brow ridge
above the eyes. This trait was
characteristic of Homo erectus and
some other early humans. The two
Latin words in this term literally
mean “bony ridge above the eye.”
6. The genus and species names of the
most recent hominin.
8. The biological tribe of Homo and
10. The first person to discover Homo
erectus fossils. He was a Dutch
anatomist and medical doctor who
made these discoveries while
exploring in the Dutch East Indies
during the late 19th century.
13. The continent on which all known
Homo habilis lived.
15. The name of the lake near which a
nearly complete Homo erectus
skeleton was found in 1984 by
Richard Leakey's team of paleoanthropologists in northern Kenya. This skeleton was from an unusually tall 12 year old boy dating to 1.6 million years ago.
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