Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Java Man

  • Russell L. Ciochon
  • O. Frank Huffman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_712

Introduction

“Java Man” is the informal name given to Pleistocene Homo erectus inhabitants of Java. The fossil discoveries on the island include the first for this extinct species, which is now known to have been widely distributed across the temperate and tropical zones of the Old World. Today, more than 100 skeletal specimens have been attributed to this species from localities in Central and East Java (Fig. 1; Indriati 2004). No other confirmed specimen of Homo erectus is known from elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Deparment of AnthropologyUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA