Human Evolution

Human Evolution Sequence

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James Neill
Last updated:
26 Aug 2003

PliopithecusPronconsulDryopithecusOreopithecusRamapithecus
Australopithecus, Paranthropus, Advanced AustralopithecusHomo Erectus, Early Homo Sapiens, Solo Man, & Rhodesian ManNeanderthal Man, Cro-Magnon Man, Modern Man

This picture sequence of human evolution shows:

  • Row 1: Pliopithecus, Pronconsul, Dryopithecus, Oreopithecus, Ramapithecus

  • Row 2: Australopithecus, Paranthropus, Advanced Australopithecus, Homo Erectus, Early Homo Sapiens, Solo Man, & Rhodesian Man

  • Row 3: Neanderthal Man, Cro-Magnon Man, Modern Man

Go to one paragraph descriptions of each of these stages of human evolution.

Note: This chart implies a linear sequence, but human evolution is better represented by a branching tree - modern man did NOT evolve through all these stages, e.g., Neanderthals are considered a separate branch.  Go to a more accurate, up to date human evolution chart.

Source: Howell, F. C. (1966) Early man (pp. 41-45). Time-Life International.