Reconstructed female Homo habilis; a proposed archaic species of Homo, which lived between roughly 2.1 and 1.5 million years ago

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Reconstructed female Homo habilis; a proposed archaic species of Homo, which lived between roughly 2.1 and 1.5 million years ago
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Reconstructed female Homo habilis; a proposed archaic species of Homo, which lived between roughly 2.1 and 1.5 million years ago, during the Gelasian and early Calabrian stages of the Pleistocene geological epoch. The type specimen is OH 7, discovered in 1960 at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, associated with the Oldowan lithic industry; the fossils were identified as a separate species of Homo with the proposed binomial name of H. habilis ("handy man") in 1964. In its appearance and morphology, H. habilis is intermediate between Australopithecus and the somewhat younger Homo erectus and its classification in the Homo genus has been the subject of controversial debate since its original proposal