Prior to the emergence of Homo sapiens, Homo erectus was the most wide-spread member of our genus. Living from ~1.8 million years ago onwards, it inhabited almost the entire Old World, with populations from Europe, Africa, Asia and beyond. It is also the most long lived of our genus, surviving for over a million years before gradually transitioning into Homo sapiens, Homo heidelbergensis and possibly Homo floresiensis too.
- They were the first hominin species that could have run for long distances.
- These seem to have been the first species of hominin to use fire.