Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Term used by some paleoanthropologists to refer to any of a number of fossil hominids found in a European group of sites (Biache, Ehringsdorf, Font├ęchevade Cave, La Chaise, Montmaurin, Pontnewydd, Sima de los Huesos at Atapuerca, Steinheim, and Swanscombe) that possess few erectine characteristics, and many of the synapomorphic features seen in a more exaggerated manifestation in later European Neandertals. Aka pre-Neandertalers.

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