Homo sapiens idaltu

[ hoh-moh sey-pee-uhnz i-dahl-too ]
/ ˈhoʊ moʊ ˈseɪ pi ənz ɪˈdɑl tu /

noun

an extinct subspecies of Homo sapiens that lived in Africa during the Pleistocene Epoch and is believed to be the likely immediate ancestor of the modern human (Homo sapiens sapiens): the first fossil specimen was discovered in Herto Bouri, Ethiopia, in 1997.
a fossil belonging to this species.

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Origin of Homo sapiens idaltu

First recorded in 2000–05; from New Latin; Homo sapiens + Afar idaltu “first born, elder”
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