KNM-ER 1481

Longer legs and travel to new regions

This long 1.89 million year old femur (thigh bone), KNM-ER 1481 from Koobi Fora, Kenya, enabled its owner, a Homo erectus individual, to take long strides and therefore to walk farther and faster than earlier humans.

 

Image of KNM-ER 1481, left femur
KNM-ER 1481
Exhibit item
Site: 
Koobi Fora, Kenya
Date of discovery: 
1972
Discovered by: 
John M. Harris
Age: 
About 1.89 million years old
Species: 
Homo erectus
Text: 
<bold>Long leg</bold> This long thigh bone enabled its owner to take long strides, and therefore to walk farther and faster than earlier humans.