Evolution of Man


The Evolution of Man is the sequence of evolutionary steps that ended in the modern version of the Homo Sapiens.

The first step was taken 4.4 million years ago with the Ardipithecus ramidus. This specimen was bipedal and appeared to live in trees.

The second step was taken 4.2 - 3.9 million years ago with the Australopithecus anamesis. This speciman was bipedal with uppar arms similar to those of modern day humans.

The third step was taken 3.9 - 3 million years ago with the Australopithecus afarenisis. This speciman was an erect bipedal with arms that had the ability to grasp due to its short thumbs.

The fourth step was taken 3 - 2 million years ago with the Homo habilis. This speciman had a larger brain and a skull shaped similar to modern humans. As well the area of the brain required for speech was present.

The fifth step was taken 1.8 million - 300 000 years ago with the Homo erectus. This specimen had a larger build, the ability to create fire and had developed tools.

The sixth step was taken 500 000 - 200 000 years ago with the Homo sapiens (archaic). This specimen had a large brain and lived in caves. It was able to maintain fire and was the first humans to bury thier dead.

The seventh and final step was taken 120 000 years ago with the Homo sapiens (modern). This specimen was the precursor of modern humans. It had a larger brain and created cave art to mark it's place in history.