KNM-BC 1

Earliest Homo?

This right temporal bone, or ear region, from a 2.4-million-year-old skull may represent the earliest population of the genus Homo - the lineage to which our species belongs. The fossil comes from the Baringo Basin, in north-central Kenya.

Image of KNM-BC 1, 3D scan, 3/4 view
KNM-BC 1
Exhibit item
Site: 
Chemeron, Kenya
Date of discovery: 
1967
Discovered by: 
A team led by Andrew Hill
Age: 
About 2.4 million years old
Species: 
Homo habilis
Text: 
<bold>Earliest <italic>Homo</italic>?</bold> This right temporal bone, or ear region, from a 2.4-million-year-old skull may represent the earliest population of the genus <italic>Homo </italic>- the lineage to which our species belongs. The fossil comes from the Baringo Basin, north-central Kenya.