Sangiran 2, "Pithecanthropus II", Homo erectus
A very similar but more complete braincase was found at Sangiran in Java in 1937 by G.H.R. von Koenigswald. It is even smaller, with a brain size of only 815 cc.
Many creationists consider Java Man to be a large ape, but it is far more humanlike and has a far larger brain size than any ape, and the skull is similar to other Homo erectus skulls. It is also frequently claimed that Eugene Dubois, the discoverer of Java Man, later decided it was only a large gibbon, but this claim is not true.
Was Java Man a gibbon?
Compare Java Man with the Turkana Boy
Compare Java Man with a chimpanzee and a Neandertal
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This page is part of the Fossil Hominids FAQ at the talk.origins Archive.
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