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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A very primitive type of man, regarded as a precursor of the actual or existing type. Such a type is considered by many to have existed in Pithecanthropos erectus (of which the remains have been discovered in Java), taken to be a primitive species of man differing from all known human races in traits which those races have in common, and in them resembling the apes.


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