By Talia,
The Homo Habilis lived at the time period of two
million B.C. They lived in Africa. The Homo
Habilis finally died out in the time period of
about one point five million years ago. [1]
The Homo Habilis were about
four point five feet tall . Their
faces looked more like ours
than Australopithecus . The
Homo Habilis had the largest
brains of their time . They had
small teeth that were good for
eating meat. [2]
The Homo Habilis had simple huts. These
huts were dome- shaped and were made from
branches. These huts protected the Homo
Habilis from wind, rain, and wild animals.
The branches were held up by rocks.[3]
The Homo Habilis ate
small animals, bird eggs,
and small plants. They ate
their food raw because
they didn’t know how to
make fire. [4]After they
killed the animals, they
would smash open the
bones and eat the bone
marrow inside.[5]
Homo Habilis moved a lot.
They didn’t stay in one place
for too long. They hunted and
ate their food raw. They also
gathered food like roots,
berries, herbs, bird eggs, and
more. They also might have
worked on tools for hunting
during the day. They didn’t
really have a daily life except
for hunting and working on
Homo Habilis didn’t have
sophisticated weapons to hunt,
but they hunted in large
groups.[7] After their prey was
down, they killed it with sticks
and stones at the catch site.[8]
At the kill site, they would
sharpen one stone with another
and then cut it open. After they
got their share of the meat, they
would smash open the bones
for the marrow.[9]
The Homo Habilis had
fire.[10] They didn’t know
how to make it . They didn’t
always have to eat their food
raw if they found fire. They
had fire after lightning storms
and forest fires.[11]
The Homo Habilis didn’t have
any types of religion at all.
Homo Habilis were still in the
stone age and couldn’t
communicate enough to have
any type of religion . They
were also too busy with
survival for things such as
religion. [12]
Homo Habilis didn’t have
any type of language, so
they used simple gestures.
They also used simple
sounds. The simple
sounds might have been
grunts or growls.[13]
Homo Habilis didn’t have any types of clothing.
They did have hair all over their bodies. Their hair
helped keep them warm. They also had shelters.
The shelters helped protect them from rain, wind,
and maybe even hail storms.[14]
The Homo Habilis didn’t do any type of
paintings. In fact, they didn’t even have
the correct tools to paint. Although the
Homo Habilis first used tools , this
doesn't mean they had the correct tools.
Homo Habilis were also called
handy man. They were the first
true humans because they had
shorter arms, less hair, and could
actually make tools, not just use
what they found as tools. They
had increased height since the
Austrolapithicus . They also had
increased intelligence . They lived
in the beginning of the Stone Age.
Their brain was half of the size of
the modern humans.[16]
The Homo Habilis had a nick name in a
different language. How did they get their
Name three things the Homo Habilis did not or
could not have.
What were the Homo Habilis’s homes made of
and what were three things that these homes
protected them from?.
Their nickname is “handy man,” which is
Homo Habilis in Latin.
Three possible answers are as follows: fire,
clothing, written language.
Their houses were made of sticks and
stones, and they protected them from rain,
wind, snow, and animals.
The Homo Habilis were great early humans
because they were some of the first true humans.
They were the first to make tools. They had the
biggest brains of their time. They also looked the
most like us from their time. They had smaller
teeth than the Austrolapithicus, and their teeth
were good for eating meat. They had simple, but
strong, buildings. We hope that you had a great
time learning about this group of tool-makers.
California Visits Ancient Civilizations. Macmillan/MacGraw Hill:
New York, NY, 2007, p. 72
Kearns, Marsha, “Homo Habilis,” Early Humans, Creative
Teaching Press, CA, 1993, p. 4.
MacMillan/MacGraw Hill, p. 74.
Kearns, “Homo Habilis,” p. 4.
“Early Humans,” www.earlyhumans.mrdonn.org/tools.html.
MacMillan/MacGraw Hill, p. 74.
Kearns, “Homo Habilis,” p. 4.
Facchini, Fiorenzo, “A Day with Homo Habilis, Twenty-First
Century Books, CT, 2003, p. 24.
California Visits Ancient Civilizations.
Macmillan/MacGraw Hill: New York, NY,
Facchini, Fiorenzo. “A Day with Homo
Habilis.Twenty-First Century Books: CT, 2003.
“Homo habilis.” Homo habilis.
Kearns, Marsha.“Homo Habilis.” Early Humans.
Creative Teaching Press: CA, 1993.
We’d like to give a special thanks to :
Mr. Donn’s Early Humans for Kids - Handy Man,
the First Tool-Makers,
the early humans packet,
the history book, and
Mrs. McClure

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