in some classifications
: a genus of hominids based on a single lower jaw found at Mauer near Heidelberg, Germany but now often extended to include the entire Neanderthaloid radiation and other primitive men of uncertain affinities (as Solo man and Rhodesian man)

Word History


New Latin, from pale- + -anthropus

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“Palaeoanthropus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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