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Homo sapiens definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the only surviving hominid; species to which modern man belongs; bipedal primate having language and ability to make and use complex tools; brain volume at least 1400 cc

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: New Latin, species name, from Homo, genus name + sapiens, specific epithet, from Latin, wise, intelligent more at homo, sapient Date: 1802 mankind 1

Britannica Concise

("man the wise") Genus and species to which all modern human beings (Homo sapiens sapiens) belong and whose oldest known fossil remains date to c.120,000 years ago, or much earlier (c.400,000 years ago) if evidence of certain "archaic" varieties is included.H. sapiens is distinguished from earlier hominid species by characteristics and habits such as bipedal stance and gait, brain capacity averaging about 1,350 cc, high forehead, small teeth and jaw, defined chin, construction and use of tools, and ability to use symbols. Many scholars believe that modern humans developed in Africa c.150,000 years ago and spread to the Near East c.100,000 years ago and to other parts of Eurasia c.40,000-50,000 years ago (this is known as the "single-origin" model). Some consider this dispersion to have occurred even more recently (50,000-65,000 years ago). Others contend that modern humans developed from various regional populations of archaic H. sapiens in Eurasia beginning c.250,000 years ago (the "regional-continuity" model). In the first model the genetic differences that exist between the peoples of the world would not be very old; in the second model they would be significantly older. In any case, by c.11,000 BC H. sapiens sapiens had peopled virtually the entire globe. See also Cro-Magnon, culture, human evolution, Neanderthal.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. modern humans regarded as a species. Etymology: L, = wise man

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Homo sapiens is used to refer to modern human beings as a species, in contrast to other species of ape or animal, or earlier forms of human. (TECHNICAL) What distinguishes homo sapiens from every other living creature is the mind.

Moby Thesaurus

Adam, Hominidae, clay, fallen humanity, flesh, generation of man, genus Homo, hominid, homo, human family, human nature, human race, human species, humanity, humankind, le genre humain, man, mankind, mortal flesh, mortality, mortals, race of man


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