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Homo habilisHomo habilis (lat.)

  • An extinct hominid that is the earliest and most primitive known member of the human genus Homo, living in Africa between about 2.3 and 1.4 million years ago. (OED 2012)

    Genus Homo Linnæus. Species habilis sp. nov. (Note: The specific name is taken from the Latin, meaning ‘able, handy, mentally skilful, vigorous’. We are indebted to Prof. Raymond Dart for the suggestion that habilis would be a suitable name for the new species.) […]While it is possible that Zinjanthropus and Homo habilis both made stone tools, it is probable that the latter was the more advanced tool maker.

    Leakey, L.S.B., Tobias, P.V. & Napier, J.R. (1964). A new species of the genus Homo from Olduvai gorge. Nature 202, 7-9: 8; 9.