Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Law

Empirical generalization that appears to be without exception at the time proposed, and consolidated and verified by repeated testing. There are few, if any, law-like statements in the history of biology that have withstood the test of time; biology today is rather thought of as a discipline of probabilities and approximations, unlike certain other natural sciences such as physics.

Cf. rule. Lazaret: an archaeological site (rockshelter) located on the Cote d’Azur near Nice, France, dating to between 200 and 130 kya (U/T series), containing Acheulean or Mousterian (transitional) artifacts, rock and bone supports, fire hearths, bedding, and evidence of a framework of poles for a large structure, a hut that held up to 10 people. Hominid remains include partial remains of 6-12 children and adults that appear to have been processed with tools; assigned to Homo neanderthalensis or H. heidelbergensis by various workers. Aka La Lazaret Cave, Grotte du Lazaret.

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