A CHRONOLOGY OF EVOLUTIONARY EVIDENCE

 

 

1856            Neanderthal skeleton discovered

 

1859            Darwin publishes The Origin Of Species And Descent of Man

 

1890            Java man jawbone discovered (Homo erectus)

 

1891            Java man skull and tooth discovered

 

1892            Java man thighbone discovered

 

1907            Heidelberg man jaw discovered (Homo erectus)

 

1924            Taung skull discovered (Australopithecus africanus)

 

1925            Four Taung skulls discovered

 

1933            Steinheim man discovered (Homo erectus)

 

1936            Sterkfontein skull discovered (A. africanus)

 

1937            Peking man discovered; remains of 30 individuals (H. erectus)

                     5 skulls, 15 skull fragments, 14 jaws, 152 teeth

 

1959            Zinjanthropus discovered: 2 skulls and teeth (A. boisei)

 

1960           Petralona (Greece) skull (Homo sapiens archaic)

 

1964            Homo habilis discovered

                             4 skulls and fragments, jawbones, teeth

 

1967            Omo area: 2 skulls, 2 arm bones, 2 leg bones, 150 teeth

                    East Rudolph area: 3 skulls

 

1972-74          Omo area: 2 skulls

                    Afar area: complete skeleton of 100 pieces (A. afarensis)

 

Homo Erectus Evidence as of 1974

                    Skulls: 10              Jaws: 15                Leg: 1          Teeth: 153