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Homo erectus

(Encyclopedia)Homo erectus hōˈmō ērĕkˈtəs [key], extinct hominin living between 1.6 million and 250,000 years ago, possibly as late as c.110,000 years ago. Homo erectus is thought to have evolved in Africa f...

Java man

(Encyclopedia)Java man: see Homo erectus.

Peking man

(Encyclopedia)Peking man: see Homo erectus.

Sinanthropus pekinensis

(Encyclopedia)Sinanthropus pekinensis sənănˈthrəpəs pēkĭnĕnˈsəs [key]: see Homo erectus. ...

Weidenreich, Franz

(Encyclopedia)Weidenreich, Franz vīˈdĕnrīkh [key], 1873–1948, German anatomist and physical anthropologist. He was educated at the universities of Munich, Kiel, Berlin, and Strasbourg. In 1921 he became profe...

Olduvai Gorge

(Encyclopedia)Olduvai Gorge ōlˈdəwāˌ, –vāˌ [key], a feature of the E African Rift Valley in Tanzania. Erosional processes have exposed geological strata in the gorge dating to the lower Pleistocene epoch, ...

human evolution

(Encyclopedia)human evolution, theory of the origins of the human species, Homo sapiens. Modern understanding of human origins is derived largely from the findings of paleontology, anthropology, and genetics, and i...

Eve, in genetics

(Encyclopedia)Eve, in genetics, popular term for a theoretical female ancestor of all living people, also known as Mitochondrial Eve. In 1987 biochemist Allan C. Wilson proposed that all living human beings had inh...

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