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Homo Erectus Ergaster
Homo-ergaster
A reconstruction of Homo erectus ergaster, as seen in BBC's documentary series Walking with Cavemen
Information
Common Name "Working Man"
Range eastern and southern Africa during the early Pleistocene, between 1.8 million and 1.3 million years ago.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Primates
Family Hominidae
Genus Homo
Species Homo erectus
Homo erectus ergaster
Conservation Status
EXSpecies
Extinct

Homo Erectus Ergaster or African Homo erectus, was an early subspecies of Homo Erectus that lived in eastern and southern Africa during the early Pleistocene, between 1.8 million and 1.3 million years ago.

It was formerly classified as its own species: Homo Ergaster. But now it is considered to just be an early African subspecies of Homo Erectus. Sometime later this subspecies would travel to Asia, where it gave rise to several Asian subspecies like the Java Man. This Asian subspecies would then evolve into new species, some of that would return to Africa.

The name of its original classification: Homo Ergaster, is derived from the Ancient Greek ἐργαστήρ "workman", in reference to the comparatively advanced lithic technology developed by the subspecies, introducing the Acheulean industry.

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