Boxgrove Man

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Tibia from Boxgrove

The Boxgrove Man, a Homo heidelbergensis was discovered in West Sussex, England in 1993 by archaeologist Mark Roberts and his team of the Institue of Archeology at University College London [1] Only the tibia was found of the Boxgrove Man and so not much is known about his history. (see also Eartham Pit, Boxgrove).

Boxgrove's life[edit]

This particular fossil dates back to the Middle Pleistocene era. The tibia of Boxgrove Man is very sturdy indicating that it is a heavyset male around 6 ft tall. Due to this height it is believed that Boxgrove Man migrated from a tropical grassland environment as height is an evolutionary advantage of living in warm climates [2]. It is clear that Boxgrove Man had the ability to hunt or at least scavenge with stone tools as the team discovered hundreds of Acheulean flint tools at the site.

Wildlife found at the site[edit]

Present at the site where Boxgrove Man was discovered were the remains of now extinct species of rhinoceros, bears and voles. It is most likely that Boxgrove Man hunted these animals for sustenance with the aid of the stone tools also discovered at this site. There is clear evidence on the animal remains that they were butchered but it cannot be proven that Boxgrove Man actually hunted these animals or scavenged them. There is also evidence on Boxgrove Man’s tibia that he was scavenged as well. Teeth marks suggests he was either cannibalized by his fellow H. Heidelbergensis brothers or was a meal for a scavenging animal.

References[edit]

  • Gamble, Clive (May 26, 1994). Time for Boxgrove man. Nature, vol.369. Retrieved from http://www.nature.com
  • Keys, David (June 22, 1994). Boxgrove Man reveals his Stone Age Secrets. Retrieved from http://lexisnexis.com.