Heidelberg man


Hei·​del·​berg man ˈhī-dᵊl-ˌbərg- How to pronounce Heidelberg man (audio)
: an Early Pleistocene hominid known from a massive fossilized jaw with distinctly human dentition and classified with the direct ancestor (Homo erectus) of modern humans

Word History


Heidelberg, Germany

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Heidelberg man was in 1920

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“Heidelberg man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Heidelberg%20man. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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