adjective palaeo·an·throp·ic \¦pālēōˌan¦thräpik, ¦palē-, -pēk\
variants: less commonly


\¦pālē, ¦palē+\ or


\¦pālēō, ¦palēō+\

Definition of palaeoanthropic

  1. 1 :  of or relating to hominids more primitive than those included in the species (Homo sapiens) that includes recent man — compare neanthropic

  2. 2 [New Latin Palaeoanthropus + English -ic] :  of, relating to, or belonging to the genus Palaeoanthropus

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Origin and Etymology of palaeoanthropic

pale- + Greek anthrōpos human being + English -ic — more at anthrop-

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