Sketches of Homo heidelbergensis from Sierra de Atapuerca, Burgos (Spain) from the series ‘Homínidos’
The sketches are based on the skull number 5, nicknamed “Miguelón”. Click through for more of Manu Medaioreja’s work or visit him on tumblr at Manu Mediaoreja Illustration.
Questions regarding the Homo heidelbergensis Sima de los Huesos (Atapuerca) specimens:
“The world’s largest known sample of fossil humans has been classified as the species Homo heidelbergensis but in fact are early Neanderthals, according to a study by Prof Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum.
This puts the species Homo heidelbergensis back at the heart of human evolution as the last common ancestor that we, Homo sapiens, shared with Neanderthals, Homo neanderthalensis, says Stringer, the Museum’s Research Leader in Human Origins. The Status of Homo heidelbergensis study, which was published in the journal Evolutionary Anthropology this week, reviews the fossil and DNA evidence for the existence of heidelbergensis and its place in the human family tree.
Central to the discussion is the important site of La Sima de los Huesos (meaning ‘Pit of the bones’), in Atapuerca, northern Spain. It has yielded more than 6,000 fossils from about 28 individuals. They had been identified as H. heidelbergensis by the team who originally discovered the fossils, and have been estimated to be about 600,000 years old. For some palaeontologists, such as Stringer, this has confused ideas about where heidelbergensis sits in the human family tree” (read more).
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(Text source: Natural History Museum, London)