from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An early form of modern human (Homo sapiens) inhabiting Europe in the late Paleolithic Period and characterized by a broad face and tall stature. It is known from skeletal remains first found in the Cro-Magnon cave in southern France.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The earliest known form of modern humans, Homo sapiens, to be found in Europe, dating from the late Paleolithic.


Cro-Magnon is the name of a cave in the Dordogne, France, where the first skeletons were found in 1868. (Wiktionary)



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