This crushed skull found in 1963 at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, has a lightly-built braincase yet a larger brain size than Australopithecus - two features that led Louis Leakey and colleagues to recognize the species Homo habilis.

Image of OH 16, skull, side view
OH 16
Exhibit item
Site: 
Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
Date of discovery: 
1963
Discovered by: 
Louis S. B. Leakey
Age: 
About 1.7 million years old
Species: 
Homo habilis
Text: 
This crushed skull found in 1963 at Olduvai, Tanzania, has a lightly-built braincase yet a larger brain size than <italic>Australopithecus - </italic> two features that led Louis Leakey and colleagues to recognize the species <italic>Homo habilis.</italic>