By Natural Philosopher Mike Prestwood
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First Speakers-Full EI: Homo Heidelbergensis

First Speakers-Full EI: Homo Heidelbergensis

When: 700,000 BCE
Note: 700,000 BCE to 200,000 BCE
From Year 0 (BCE/CE): -600000
Post Date: 06/27/2021
28,000 Generations Ago

Full Emotional Intelligence Emerges: As a pivotal figure in the lineage leading to modern humans, Homo heidelbergensis heralds the dawn of an era where emotional intelligence began to take a recognizable shape. With indications of complex social structures, potential for language, and advanced tool-making abilities, Homo heidelbergensis navigated their world with a level of social cognition and emotional awareness that likely surpassed their predecessors. Their ability to cooperate in hunting, share resources, care for the injured or ill, and possibly mourn their dead, points towards an emerging capacity for understanding the emotional states of others, fostering group cohesion and survival. The development of these complex social behaviors, supported by potential communicative abilities, marks Homo heidelbergensis as a crucial milestone in the evolution of emotional intelligence. Their cognitive and emotional capabilities set the stage for the intricate social dynamics and moral considerations that would be further refined in their descendants, underpinning the sophisticated forms of EI that characterize Homo sapiens today. They had some of our human characteristics including large brains, small teeth, bipedality, and used tools.

Could Heidelbergensis speak? We believe they had the physical ability to speak (a Hyoid bone), and a complex lifestyle that would require at least simple conversations. For more information, explore archaeological research into the Hyoid bone which is unique to humans today and is required to duplicate our speech.

  • Class: Mammal; Genus: Homo; Diet: Omninivore
  • Brain Size: 1,100 to 1,400 cm³ (humans=avg=1,350; 1,200 to 1,500 cm³)
  • Brain to Body EQ: 4.5 to 5.5 (humans=7.4 to 7.8)
  • Evolved in Africa about 770,000 YA, spread to Europe by 500,000 YA.
  • Spread through Africa, Europe, and Asia.
  • Last known: Africa until about 200,000 YA. 
  Male Female
Avg. Height 5’9″ 5’2″
Avg. Weight 136 lbs 112 lbs
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