Boskop

noun Bos·kop \ ˈbä-ˌskäp \

Definition of Boskop

plural Boskops
:an extinct late Pleistocene hominid known from remains found in southern Africa that is of moderate stature with a dolichocephalic skull, vertical forehead, orthognathous face, and relatively large brain
  • The Boskops had little frames and massive heads, and their mere presence in the fossil record throws the idea of unidirectional evolutionary progress into question.
  • —Anthony DoerrThe Boston Globe16 Mar. 2008
often used before another noun
  • Boskop man
  • In the 1950s it was shown that the Boskop skulls were barely different from those of modern peoples such as the San and Hottentot.
  • —William H. CalvinNew Scientist8 Mar. 2008
Note: Boskop man was originally described as a separate species (Homo capensis) but is now typically regarded as an early type of Homo sapiens.

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Origin and Etymology of boskop

from Boskop, locality in the Transvaal, Union of South Africa, where remains were found


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