So far we have unearthed fossil evidence from more than 20 different human-like species, known as hominins, who are more closely related to humans than any of the apes alive today.     Meet some of our oldest relatives below and discover what insights they can provide about our own evolution.

So far we have unearthed fossil evidence from more than 20 different human-like species, known as hominins, who are more closely related to humans than any of the apes alive today. Meet some of our oldest relatives below and discover what insights they can provide about our own evolution.

The florsibad Homo heidelbergensis at the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

The florsibad Homo heidelbergensis at the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

Heidelberg Man thought to be the progenitor of Neanderthals.  Primative language, use of red paint and buried their dead.  First sign of spirituality.  In the scheme of our other lesser developed hominids it did not last very long. Lived between600,000 and 400,000 years ago

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A mix of hominid (genus Homo) depictions; (from right to left) H. habilis, H. ergaster, H. erectus; H. antecessor - male, female, H. heidelbergensis; H. neanderthalensis - girl, male, H. sapiens sapiens. 7.2 MILLION-YEAR-OLD PRE-HUMAN FOSSIL SUGGESTS MANKIND AROSE IN EUROPE NOT AFRICA

A mix of hominid (genus Homo) depictions; (from right to left) H. habilis, H. ergaster, H. erectus; H. antecessor - male, female, H. heidelbergensis; H. neanderthalensis - girl, male, H. sapiens sapiens. 7.2 MILLION-YEAR-OLD PRE-HUMAN FOSSIL SUGGESTS MANKIND AROSE IN EUROPE NOT AFRICA

Homo heidelbergensis (artist's model) lived in Africa, Europe and western Asia between 600...

New look at archaic DNA rewrites the story of human evolution

Homo heidelbergensis (artist's model) lived in Africa, Europe and western Asia between 600...

La taille de différents hominidés comparés : Homo heidelbergensis, Homo sapiens, Homo neandertalensis

La taille de différents hominidés comparés : Homo heidelbergensis, Homo sapiens, Homo neandertalensis

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