Homo erectus

noun
Homo erec·​tus | \ -ə̇ˈrektəs \

Definition of Homo erectus

: an extinct large-brained hominid of the genus Homo (H. erectus) that is known from fossil remains in Africa, Europe, and Asia, is estimated to have flourished from 1.6 million years ago to 250,000 years ago, is thought to be the first hominid to master fire and inhabit caves, and is believed to be the immediate ancestor of modern man

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History and Etymology for Homo erectus

New Latin, literally, erect human being

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“Homo erectus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Homo%20erectus. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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