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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How to use Cro-Magnon in a sentence
Even the average man will shorten his life span like a Cro-Magnon.
Uda, the moon, had not yet risen above the trees when the Cro-Magnon youth plunged into the wilderness of growing things.Warrior of the Dawn | Howard Carleton Browne
For several minutes the ruler of Sephar sat lost in thought, his eyes on the giant Cro-Magnon.Warrior of the Dawn | Howard Carleton Browne
Cro-Magnon man had always been a reindeer hunter, accustomed and well adapted to the life and conditions of tundra or steppe.
The Cro-Magnon race was already declining in physique and numbers during the Magdalenian.
But the Cro-Magnon folk decreased in numbers, in stature, apparently also in ability and vitality.
Scientific definitions for Cro-Magnon
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
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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