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John Hawks
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Paleoanthropologist
Paleoanthropologist

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This is SK 15, a lower jaw from Swartkrans, South Africa. Most scientists today attribute it to Homo erectus, but when Robert Broom and John Robinson found it, they named a new genus, Telanthropus capensis. This was the first solid demonstration that two different kinds of hominins were found at the same African fossil site. The very humanlike SK 15 contrasted with the “robust” australopithecines that make up most of the Swartkrans fossil collection.
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"The obvious implication is that stone tools were invented and used by multiple lineages of early hominins. Just as there were different styles of body shape and bipedal mechanics among early hominins, there were likely different styles of technical traditions. A few of these were stone, but almost certainly there were perishable tool traditions among most populations of early hominins."

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