Florisbad

noun Flo·ris·bad \ˈflōrə̇sˌbät, -bad\

Definition of Florisbad

  1. :  an extinct Pleistocene hominid known from a single skull found in southern Africa that has a large flattened cranium and prominent brow ridge The systematic status of Florisbad itself may remain uncertain, but for (all) the other fossils, H. sapiens is the appropriate taxonomic designation. — G. Philip Rightmire, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 22 Sept. 2009 —often used before another noun Florisbad man The Florisbad fossil lacks a bipartite brow, having instead a continuous supraorbital surface that thins laterally. — Jeffrey H. Schwartz and Ian Tattersall, The Human Fossil Record, 2005 Florisbad man was originally described as a separate species (Homo helmei or Africanthropus helmei) and now is variously considered its own species or an early type of Homo sapiens.

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Origin and Etymology of florisbad

from Florisbad, village near Bloemfontein, Union of South Africa


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