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2 The Discovery of LUCY Australopithecus afarensis, the earliest ancestors of human beings They walked upright but were quite short Lived 2.9 to 3.5 million years ago

3 Homo habilis, skillful human
Lived 1.5 to 2.4 million years ago Also called “Handy Man” Used stones as simple tools and ate a variety of foods

4 Homo Erectus, upright human
Lived 300,000 to 1.6 million years ago Used fire Made stone axes and chopping tools

5 Homo sapiens, wise human
Lived 30,000 to 230,000 years ago Could speak Made more complicated tools Also called Neanderthals

6 Homo sapiens sapiens, modern human
Have been around for 120,000 years Became more advanced about 40,000 years ago This is what we call “people” today

7 Human Movement Across the Globe
All Early Humans developed in Africa Homo erectus spread throughout Africa, Asia and Europe Approximately 15,000 years ago, Homo sapiens sapiens had spread throughout the ENTIRE world

8 Early Human Culture No writing, no written records, prehistory
Prehistoric humans lived during the Ice Age, which ended 10,000 yrs. ago Left behind many tools made of stone These years of prehistory are called the Stone Age

9 Early Human Culture Early humans lived in small groups of adults and children Their main job was gathering foods to eat They hunted animals for meat They banded together for protection Nomadic - moved around looking for food

10 Early Human Culture Early humans found shelter in caves
Drew pictures on the walls of their homes Buried their dead in graves, adding food, tools, pottery and flowers suggesting a belief in an afterlife

11 Cave Paintings found in Lascaux, France dating from 15,000 – 10,000 years ago


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