Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Archaic Homo Sapiens

Earliest fossil forms of Homo sapiens, possibly including, but not limited to, Neandertals that postdate Homo erectus, but antedate AMHs. Dates for archaics range from about 400 kya to 32 kya. Archaics possessed a nearly humansized brain but retained certain primitive features of the skull such as a lower cranial height and a mosaic of other primitive and derived features. Commonly divided into an earlier archaic group and later archaic group.

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