Homo heidelbergensis

1982

Homo heidelbergensis  appeared between 1.3 mya and 600 kya – disappeared 200 kya – 250kya. Evidence for heidelbergensis in Britain has been recovered from Boxgrove, in Sussex. Here the teeth and tibia of an individual have been identified as having come from this species. The Boxgrove tibia, dated to between 478 kya and 524 kya, appears to have been gnawed by a lion or wolf – either after death, or possibly as the cause of death. Hundreds of handaxes have been recovered from the site, and excavators uncovered evidence of flint knapping with waste flakes lying exactly as they had fallen, 500 thousand years previously.