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What are some Homo habilis facts?

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Homo habilis were found in southern and eastern portions of Africa, they were first described in the 1960s, and it is believed that they were capable of speech. They had larger brains than more rudimentary creatures, and they were around 5 feet tall.

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The Homo habilis was thought to be the link that was missing between upright humans and animals that walked hunched over, although it has never been proven. They were mostly small creatures that worked in groups and lived together in colonies. They were able to produce things, such as primitive tools.

A common nickname for the Homo habilis is "handy man" because it was able to produce a large amount of tools. Most fossils that have been found have been surrounded by tools such as rudimentary hammers, saws and other stone utensils.

The major difference between the Homo habilis and other species that are closely related is the size of its brain in relation to its ape-like features. Similar to its close relations, the handy man had long arms, a prognathic face and walked slightly hunched, but it had a much larger brain in comparison, and its bones were among the first fossils found that were believed to be capable of communicating by speech.

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