brow ridge

variants: or less commonly browridge \ ˈbrau̇-​ˌrij How to pronounce browridge (audio) \

Definition of brow ridge

: a prominence of the frontal bone above the eye caused by the projection of the frontal air sinuses

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Some have focused on possible hormonal changes, trying to understand why humans today have skulls that lack the large brow ridges and thicker bone of our fossil ancestors. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 Typically, cisgender women have softer and rounder foreheads while cisgender men have prominent brow ridges that shadow the eyes. Serena Daniari, Allure, "The Complicated Process of Undergoing Facial-Feminization Surgery, and Why I Did It," 23 Mar. 2019 Hominins had pronounced brow ridges, but modern humans evolved mobile eyebrows as their face shape became smaller. Katy Scott, CNN, "Why warriors in New Guinea used human bones as formidable daggers," 5 May 2018 The cavernous eye sockets sat beneath a bulging brow ridge; the domed roof seemed more oblong and less rounded than a human’s. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How Do Scientists Identify New Species? For Neanderthals, It Was All About Timing and Luck," 9 May 2018 Over the years, scientists have put forth a number of theories about why humans of millennia past had a protruding brow ridge. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Expressive Eyebrows May Have Given Modern Humans an Evolutionary Edge," 10 Apr. 2018 In the past, researchers have proposed that the brow ridge served a practical function. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This could be why our eyebrows evolved," 9 Apr. 2018 Their foreheads were sloped, with thick, protruding brow ridges. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Expressive Eyebrows May Have Given Modern Humans an Evolutionary Edge," 10 Apr. 2018 Maybe, the researchers thought, Kabwe’s pronounced brow ridge did not serve a structural or mechanical function. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Expressive Eyebrows May Have Given Modern Humans an Evolutionary Edge," 10 Apr. 2018

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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brow ridge

\ ˈbrau̇-ˌrij\
variants: also browridge

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