Homo rhodesiensis is an extinct hominin species living between 400,000 and 125,000 years ago. It is known as 'Rhodesian man'. The fossil Kabwe skull is the type specimen of this species, found at Broken Hill in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, by Tom Zwiglaar in 1921.
400,000 to 125,000 years ago
Fossil Skull, Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, Africa
Kabwe Skull Homo rhodesiensis
Homo rhodesiensis was robust, with very large brow ridges and broad face. It is also referred to as 'African Neanderthal', although it demonstrates intermediate features between Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis, with a close association to Homo heidelbergensis. It has been argued that it was the ancestor of Homo sapiens idaltu - 'Herto Man' - which itself was the ancestor of Homo sapiens sapiens.