collectively, the very robust, regionally differentiated human populations that lived in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa from 35,000 to 200,000 years ago.
any physically robust, premodern form of the genus Homo, including Homo sapiens neanderthalensis (Neanderthal man) or Homo erectus, and their intermediate forms and regional variants.
What is the difference between archaic and obsolete words?The meaning of these temporal labels can be somewhat different among dictionaries and thesauri. The label archaic is used for words that were once common but are now rare. Archaic implies having the character or characteristics of a much earlier time. Obsolete indicates that a term is no longer in active use, except, for example, in literary quotation. Obsolete may apply to a word regarded as no longer acceptable or useful even though …
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