[ kroh-mag-nuhn, -non, -man-yuhn ]
/ kroʊˈmæg nən, -nɒn, -ˈmæn yən /
an Upper Paleolithic population of humans, regarded as the prototype of modern Homo sapiens in Europe. Skeletal remains found in an Aurignacian cave in southern France indicate that the Cro-Magnon had long heads, broad faces, and sunken eyes, and reached a height of approximately 5 feet 9 inches (175 centimeters).
a member of the Cro-Magnon population.
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Origin of Cro-Magnon
First recorded in 1865–70; named after the cave (near Périgueux, France) where the first remains were found
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Scientific definitions for Cro-Magnon
[ krō-măg′nən, -măn′yən ]
An early form of modern human (Homo sapiens) inhabiting Europe in the late Paleolithic Period, from about 40,000 to 10,000 years ago, characterized by a broad face and tall stature. It is known from skeletal remains first found in the Cro-Magnon cave in southern France. Cro-Magnons coexisted with European Neanderthal populations for several thousand years, although there is little evidence of interbreeding. See more at Aurignacian.
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Cultural definitions for Cro-Magnon
[ (kroh-mag-nuhn, kroh-man-yuhn) ]
The earliest form of modern humans. The Cro-Magnons developed about 35,000 years ago and physically resembled modern Europeans. (See Homo sapiens.)
notes for Cro-Magnon
Cro-Magnon people painted the walls of their caves, producing some of the earliest known human art.
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