|Time period :||Pleistocene|
|Primary diet :||Carnivore|
|In the programmes|
|Appearances :||Walking with Cavemen (Savage Family)|
|In the books|
Homo erectus is an omnivorous prehistoric human that appears in the third episode of Walking with Cavemen
Homo erectus (meaning "upright man," from the Latin ērigere, "to put up, set upright") is an extinct
species of hominid that lived throughout most of the Pleistocene, with the earliest first fossil evidence dating to around 1.8 MYA and the most recent to around 143,000 years ago. The species originated in Africa and spread as far as Georgia, India, Sri Lanka, China and Java.
There is still disagreement on the subject of the classification, ancestry, and progeny of H. erectus, with two major alternative classifications: erectus may be another name for Homo ergaster, and therefore the direct ancestor of later hominids such as Homo heidelbergensis, Homo neanderthalensis, and Homo sapiens; or it may be an Asian species distinct from African ergaster.
Some palaeoanthropologists consider H. ergaster to be simply the Afr
ican variety of H. erectus.
In Walking with... SeriesEdit
In that episode a pair of Homo erectus were looking for food. One killed a tarantula but he disliked the taste.Then they encounter and are scared off by a Gigantopithecus. Later, a group of them are seen around a fire, making them the first humans to ever use fire.