Java man


Ja·​va man ˈjä-və- How to pronounce Java man (audio)
: a Pleistocene hominid known from fragmentary skeletons found in Trinil and Djetis, Java, and classified with the direct ancestor (Homo erectus) of modern humans

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First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Java man was in 1911

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Java man

Ja·​va man ˌjäv-ə- How to pronounce Java man (audio)
: a small-brained prehistoric human being known chiefly from parts of skeletons found in Java and now classified with the direct ancestor of modern human beings

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