variants or less commonly paleanthropic
or paleoanthropic
: of or relating to hominids more primitive than those included in the species (Homo sapiens) that includes recent man compare neanthropic
[New Latin Palaeoanthropus + English -ic] : of, relating to, or belonging to the genus Palaeoanthropus

Word History


pale- + Greek anthrōpos human being + English -ic

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“Palaeoanthropic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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