Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Primitive

1. primary or embryonic.

2. not derived, i.e. occurring earlier in a series.

3. ancestral or plesiomorphic, when used to describe character states.

4. simple.

5. old term for any autochthonous people, especially those without a written history, but now considered pejorative.

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