Florisbad

noun Flo·ris·bad \ ˈflōrə̇sˌbät , -bad \

Definition of Florisbad

: 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 RightmireThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences22 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 TattersallThe Human Fossil Record2005
Note: 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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