- an extinct Pleistocene human whose cranial remains were found at Kabwe, in Zambia: formerly in some classifications Homo rhodesiensis but now considered archaic Homo sapiens.
Origin of Rhodesian man
First recorded in 1920–25
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- a type of early man, Homo rhodesiensis (or H. sapiens rhodesiensis), occurring in Africa in late Pleistocene times and resembling Neanderthal man in many features
- A fossil hominid specimen found in south-central Africa, previously classed as a distinct species (Homo rhodesiensis) but now generally regarded as an archaic example of Homo sapiens.
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