Homo sapiens idaltu
Temporal range: Pleistocene (Lower Paleolithic)
An artist's illustration of Homo sapiens idaltu
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Family: Hominidae
Genus: Homo
Species: Homo sapiens
Subspecies: H. s. idaltu
Trinomial name
Homo sapiens idaltu
White et al., 2003

Homo sapiens idaltu is an extinct subspecies of Homo sapiens that lived almost 160,000 years ago in Pleistocene Africa. "Idaltu" is from the Saho-Afar word meaning "elder" or "first born"


The fossilized remains of idaltu were discovered at Herto Bouri near the middle Awash site of Ethiopia's Afar Triangle in 1997 by Tim White, but were first unveiled in 2003. Herto Bouri is a region of Ethiopia Under Volcanic layers. According to radioisotope dating, the layers are between 154,000 and 160,00 years old. Three well preserved crania are accounted for, the best preserved being from an adult male (BOU-VP16/1) having a brain capacity of 1,450 cm3 (88 cu in) the other carnia include another partial adult male and six year-old child.

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