Homo Erectus: Definition, Characteristics & Discovery


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Which continents have so far yielded Homo erectus specimens?

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1. Which species was probably a DIRECT descendant of Homo erectus?

2. Which is closer to the average cranial capacity of Homo erectus?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of characteristics of Homo erectus. Some of the material you will be assessed on includes the locations where Home erectus specimens have been found as well as the species that was probably a direct descendant of Homo erectus.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Continents where Homo erectus specimens have been found
  • Risks of consuming the liver of predators
  • Species directly descended from Homo erectus

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related characteristics of Homo erectus lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Homo erectus in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the cranial capacity of Homo erectus
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of Homo erectus that allowed the species to survive outside of Africa

Additional Learning

To learn more about early hominids, review the accompanying lesson called Homo Erectus: Definition, Characteristics & Discovery. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe Homo erectus
  • Know where Homo erectus fits into the human family tree
  • Relate the characteristics of Homo erectus
  • Tell at least three examples of Homo erectus specimens discussed in the lesson