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Cro-Magnon

[kroh-mag-nuh n, -non, -man-yuh n]
noun
  1. 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 cm).
  2. 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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Examples from the Web for cro-magnon

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  • The answer is given to us by the skeletons found in the cave of Cro-magnon.

  • Below and before him went on the everyday life of a Cro-Magnon village.

    Warrior of the Dawn

    Howard Carleton Browne

  • You mean he thought it proved the Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon came from other planets.

    Before Egypt

    E. K. Jarvis

  • As in most Cro-Magnon settlements, the chief's own cave was nearest the cliff's top.

    The Return of Tharn

    Howard Carleton Browne

  • He had liked him even less as he grew into magnificent Cro-Magnon manhood.


cro-magnon in Science

Cro-Magnon

[krō-măgnən, -mănyən]
  1. 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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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.)

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Note

Cro-Magnon people painted the walls of their caves, producing some of the earliest known human art.
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