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Homo antecessor

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Incomplete skull of Homo antecessor.

Homo antecessor is a extinct hominid which appeared, according to the evolutionary chronology, about 1.2 million years ago and lasted at least until about 800 000 years ago (Pleistocene below). It is considered the oldest hominid from Europe. The fossils were discovered by Eudald Carbonell, Juan Luis Arsuaga and J. M. Bermúdez de Castro. Some archaeologists and anthropologists speculated that it was an evolutionary link between Homo ergaster and Homo heidelbergensis while others believe that Homo antecessor is the same species as Homo heidelbergensis.