Peking man

noun

: an extinct Pleistocene hominid known from skeletal and cultural remains in cave deposits at Zhoukoudianzhen, China and classified with the direct ancestor (Homo erectus) of modern humans

Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Peking man was in 1926

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“Peking man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Peking%20man. Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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Peking man

noun
Pe·​king man
ˌpē-ˌkiŋ-
: an extinct prehistoric human being known from skeletal and cultural remains in cave deposits found in northeastern China and now classified with the direct ancestor of modern human beings
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