Homo Habilis What are they????
Importance • They made tools!!!! Homo Habilis were the very first to make tools, because they were much smarter than Australopithecus. They mostly made stone tools (basic ones) because they still weren’t as smart. Their name “Homo Habilis,” means Handyman and handyman means a man who makes tools, which is pretty much like a Homo Habilis… • Shelter?! Homo Habilis were smart enough to build shelter. They made huts out of branches from trees and stones. These shelters were strong enough to resist temperature/weather and it could give them protection from animals and winds.
Distinguishing Features • More human-like pelvis • Around 4.5 feet tall • More rounded skull • Smaller, longer and narrower face • Lighter jaw and smaller teeth • More crowded teeth than Australopithecus http://www.ecotao.com/holism/hu_habilis.htm (also includes Homo Erectus!!!)