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This article is about the genus of hominids. For other uses, see Homo (disambiguation).
"Pithecanthropus" redirects here. For Pithecanthropus alalus, see Ernst Haeckel. For Pithecanthropus erectus, see Homo erectus. For Pithecanthropus erectus erectus, see Java Man.
"Genus Homo" redirects here. For the novel by L. Sprague de Camp and P. Schuyler Miller, see Genus Homo (novel).
Temporal range: Gelasian - Recent 2.5–0Ma
Homo georgicus.jpg
Reconstruction of Homo erectus georgicus (Élisabeth Daynès, Musée de Préhistoire, Quinson, France)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Homininae
Tribe: Hominini
Subtribe: Hominina
Genus: Homo
Linnaeus, 1758
Type species
Homo sapiens
Linnaeus, 1758

Homo sapiens
Homo erectus
Homo ergaster
Homo floresiensis
Homo habilis
Homo heidelbergensis
Homo neanderthalensis
other species or subspecies suggested, see below.


Homo is the genus of hominids that includes modern humans and species closely related to them. The genus is estimated to be about 2.5 million years old,[1][2] emerging with the appearance of Homo habilis from australopithecine ancestors.[3] It is the only genus in the subtribe "Hominina", which together with the subtribe "Australopithecina" forms the Tribe "Hominini", estimated to have diverged from the genus Pan in the late Miocene, by about 7 million years ago.

Homo erectus appears about 2 to 4 million years ago and spreads throughout Eurasia. It was likely the first hominin to live in a hunter-gatherer society and to control fire. Homo sapiens (anatomically modern humans) emerges about 0.2 million years ago, and is the only surviving species in the genus, all others having become extinct. Archaic humans did survive alongside H. sapiens until at least some 40,000 years ago (H. neanderthalensis,[4] and possibly until as late as the Epipaleolithic (about 12,000 years ago), and there is evidence of limited interbreeding of archaic and modern humans. Modern humans migrated from Africa some 60,000 years ago, and in the course of the Upper Paleolithic spread throughout Eurasia, Oceania and the Americas.

Name and taxonomy[edit]

See Hominidae for an overview of taxonomy.

The Latin noun homō (genitive hominis) means "human being" or "man" (in the original generic sense of "human being, mankind").[5]

The binomial name Homo sapiens was coined by Carl Linnaeus (1758).[6] Names for other species were introduced beginning in the second half of the 19th century (H. neanderthalensis 1864, H. erectus 1892).

The genus Homo was given this taxonomic name to suggest that its members can be classified as human, and while there is substantial debate on the delineation of the genus from Australopithecus or indeed from Pan, classification of fossils within Homo coincides with evidence of early tool use beginning some 2.5 million years ago. Some recently discovered, recently extinct, species in the genus Homo do not have accepted binomial names yet (see Denisova hominin and Red Deer Cave people).

In the history of paleoanthropological research during the late 19th to mid 20th century, a number of taxonomic names proposed for individual early human fossils included suggestions for new generic names which have since been merged with Homo (mostly due to the recognition of Homo erectus as a single species with a large geographic spread) and are now considered "synonyms" with Homo for systematic reasons. These generic names include Pithecanthropus,[7] Protanthropus,[8] Sinanthropus,[9] Cyphanthropus,[10] Africanthropus,[11] Telanthropus,[12] Atlanthropus,[13] and Tchadanthropus.[14]

Classification of the genus Homo into species and subspecies remains poorly defined and subject to incomplete information, leading to difficulties in binomial naming, and the use of common names, such as "Neanderthal" and "Denisovan", even in scientific papers,[15] to avoid the ambiguity in the classification of species or subspecies incertae sedis within Homo (e.g. H. neanderthalensis vs. H. sapiens neanderthalensis, or H. georgicus vs. H. erectus georgicus).

Going back to a suggestion by John Edward Gray (1825)[16] Hominini ("hominins") is defined as a tribe including all early human and pre-human species ancestral to modern humans, back to the chimpanzee–human last common ancestor. Hominina ("hominans") is a subtribe of Hominini, including only the genus Homo but not earlier upright walking hominins of the Pliocene such as Australopithecus, Orrorin tugenensis, Ardipithecus, or Sahelanthropus.[17] Alternative names for Hominina are Australopithecinae (Gregory & Hellman 1939) and Preanthropinae (Cela-Conde & Altaba 2002).[18] Cela-Conde and Ayala (2003) recognize five genera within Hominina: Ardipithecus, Australopithecus (including Paranthropus), Homo (including Kenyanthropus), Praeanthropus (including Orrorin), and Sahelanthropus.[19]


A model of the evolution of the genus Homo over the last 2 million years (vertical axis). The rapid "Out of Africa" expansion of H. sapiens is indicated at the top of the diagram, with admixture indicated with Neanderthals, Denisovans, and unspecified archaic African hominins.[20]

Several species, including Australopithecus garhi, Australopithecus sediba, Australopithecus africanus, and Australopithecus afarensis, have been proposed as the direct ancestor of the Homo lineage.[21][22] These species have morphological features that align them with Homo, but there is no consensus as to which gave rise to Homo. The advent of Homo was traditionally taken to co-incide with the first use of stone tools (the Oldowan industry), and thus by definition with the beginning of the Lower Palaeolithic.[23] The emergence of Homo also coincides roughly with the onset of Quaternary glaciation, the beginning of the current ice age.

A fossil jawbone dated to 2.8 million years ago which may represent an intermediate stage between Australopithecus and Homo was discovered in 2015 in Afar, Ethiopia.[24] Some authors would push the development of Homo past 3 Mya, by including Kenyanthropus (a fossil dated 3.2 to 3.5 Mya, usually classified as an autralopithecine species) into the Homo genus.[25]

The most salient physiological development between the earlier australopithecine species and Homo is the increase in cranial capacity, from about 450 cm3 (27 cu in) in A. garhi to 600 cm3 (37 cu in) in H. habilis. Within the Homo genus, cranial capacity again doubled from H. habilis through Homo ergaster or H. erectus to Homo heidelbergensis by 0.6 million years ago. The cranial capacity of H. heidelbergensis overlaps with the range found in modern humans.

Homo erectus has often been assumed to have developed anagenetically from Homo habilis from about 2 million years ago. This scenario was strengthened with the discovery of Homo erectus georgicus, early specimens of H. erectus found in the Caucasus, which seemed to exhibit transitional traits with H. habilis. As the earliest evindence for H. erectus was found outside of Africa, it was considered plausible that H. erectus developed in Eurasia and then migrated back to Africa. Based on fossils from the Koobi Fora Formation, east of Lake Turkana in Kenya, Spoor et al. (2007) argued that H. habilis may have survived beyond the emergence of H. erectus, so that the evolution of H. erectus would not have been anagenetically, and H. erectus would have existed alongside with H. habilis for about half a million years (1.9 to 1.4 million years ago), during the early Calabrian.[26]


Some of H. ergaster migrated to Asia, where they are named Homo erectus, and to Europe with Homo georgicus. H. ergaster in Africa and H. erectus in Eurasia evolved separately for almost two million years and presumably separated into two different species. Homo rhodesiensis, who were descended from H. ergaster, migrated from Africa to Europe and became Homo heidelbergensis and later (about 250,000 years ago) Homo neanderthalensis and the Denisova hominin in Asia. The first Homo sapiens, descendants of H. rhodesiensis, appeared in Africa about 250,000 years ago. About 100,000 years ago, some H. sapiens sapiens migrated from Africa to the Levant and met with resident Neanderthals, with some admixture.[27] Later, about 70,000 years ago, perhaps after the Toba catastrophe, a small group left the Levant to populate Eurasia, Australia and later the Americas. A subgroup among them met the Denisovans[28] and, after further admixture, migrated to populate Melanesia. In this scenario, non-African people living today are mostly of African origin ("Out of Africa model"). However, there was also some admixture with Neanderthals and Denisovans, who had evolved locally (the "multiregional hypothesis"). Recent genomic results from the group of Svante Pääbo also show that 30,000 years ago at least three major subspecies coexisted: Denisovans, Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans.[29] Today, only H. sapiens remains, with no other extant species.

List of species[edit]

The species status of Homo rudolfensis, Homo ergaster, H. georgicus, H. antecessor, H. cepranensis, H. rhodesiensis, Homo neanderthalensis, Denisova hominin, Red Deer Cave people and Homo floresiensis remains under debate. H. heidelbergensis and H. neanderthalensis are closely related to each other and have been considered to be subspecies of H. sapiens. Recently, nuclear DNA from a Neanderthal specimen from Vindija Cave has been sequenced using two different methods that yield similar results regarding Neanderthal and H. sapiens lineages, with both analyses suggesting a date for the split between 460,000 and 700,000 years ago, though a population split of around 370,000 years is inferred. The nuclear DNA results indicate about 30% of derived alleles in H. sapiens are also in the Neanderthal lineage. This high frequency may suggest some gene flow between ancestral human and Neanderthal populations due to mating between the two.[30]

Comparative table of Homo species
Species Temporal range Mya Habitat Adult height Adult mass Cranial capacity (cm³) Fossil record Discovery / publication of name
H. habilis 2.1 – 1.5[31] Africa 150 cm (4 ft 11 in) 33–55 kg (73–121 lb) 510–660 Many 1960/1964
H. erectus 1.9 – 0.07


Africa, Eurasia (Java, China, India, Caucasus) 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 60 kg (130 lb) 850 (early) – 1,100 (late) Many[33] 1891/1892
H. rudolfensis
membership in Homo uncertain
1.9 Kenya 700 2 sites 1972/1986
H. gautengensis
also classified as H. habilis
1.9 – 0.6 South Africa 100 cm (3 ft 3 in) 3 individuals[34] 2010/2010
H. ergaster
also classified as H. erectus
1.8 – 1.3[35] Eastern and Southern Africa 700–850 Many 1975
H. antecessor
also classified as H. heidelbergensis
1.2 – 0.8 Spain 175 cm (5 ft 9 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 1,000 2 sites 1997
H. cepranensis
a single fossil, possibly H. erectus
0.9 – 0.35 Italy 1,000 1 skull cap 1994/2003
H. heidelbergensis 0.6 – 0.35[36] Europe, Africa, China 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 1,100–1,400 Many 1908
H. neanderthalensis
possibly a subspecies of H. sapiens
0.35 – 0.04[37] Europe, Western Asia 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) 55–70 kg (121–154 lb) (heavily built) 1,200–1,900 Many (1829)/1864
H. rhodesiensis
also classified as H. heidelbergensis
0.3 – 0.12 Zambia 1,300 Very few 1921
H. tsaichangensis
possibly H. erectus
0.25 – 0.2 Taiwan 1 individual pre-2008/2015
H. sapiens
(modern humans)

 – present

Worldwide 150 - 190 cm (4 ft 7 in - 6 ft 3 in) 50–100 kg (110–220 lb) 950–1,800 (extant) —/1758
H. floresiensis
classification uncertain
0.10 – 0.012 Indonesia 100 cm (3 ft 3 in) 25 kg (55 lb) 400 7 individuals 2003/2004
Denisova hominin
possible H. sapiens subspecies or hybrid
0.04 Russia 1 site 2010
Red Deer Cave people
possible H. sapiens subspecies or hybrid
0.0145–0.0115 China Very few 2012

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  33. ^ Now also included in H. erectus are Peking Man (formerly Sinanthropus pekinensis) and Java Man (formerly Pithecanthropus erectus). H. erectus is now grouped into various subspecies, including Homo erectus erectus, Homo erectus yuanmouensis, Homo erectus lantianensis, Homo erectus nankinensis, Homo erectus pekinensis, Homo erectus palaeojavanicus, Homo erectus soloensis, Homo erectus tautavelensis, Homo erectus georgicus. The distinction from descendant species such as Homo ergaster, Homo floresiensis, Homo antecessor, Homo heidelbergensis and indeed Homo sapiens is not entirely clear.
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  36. ^ The type fossil is Mauer 1, dated to ca. 0.6 million years ago. The transition from H. heidelbergensis to H. neanderthalensis at about 0.35 to 0.25 million years ago is largely conventional. Relevant examples are fossils found at Bilzingsleben (also classified as Homo erectus bilzingslebensis).
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