Human Evolution and Migration. It is important to remember that there were several species in the genus Homo that came before Homo sapiens. Homo habilis is the earliest fossil discovered so far. (2.3 million years old) It means “handy man”. Homo habilis used very simple tools.
It is important to remember that there were several species in the genus Homo that came before Homo sapiens.
Homo erectus in the genus was a serious toolmaker and a fine hunter. Evidence also indicates that they were the first to use fire.
Homo erectus, the precursor to modern humans, evolved in Africa and gradually expanded to Eurasia beginning about 1.7 million years ago.
By around 100,000 years ago, several species of hominids populated the Earth, including H. sapiens in Africa, H. erectus in Southeast Asia and China, and Neandertals in Europe.
By around 30,000 years ago, the only surviving hominid species was H. sapiens.
But when did we leave Africa and where did we go? Here's where opinions diverge widely. Journey of Mankind