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Other Neanderthal Definition

[n] extinct robust human of Middle Paleolithic in Europe and western Asia
[adj] ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance; "was boorish and insensitive"; "the loutish manners of a bully"; "her stupid oafish husband"; "aristocratic contempt for the swinish multitude"
[adj] relating to or belonging to or resembling Neanderthal man; "Neanderthal skull"

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genus Homo, homo, human, human being, man

Misc. Definitions

\Ne*an"der*thal`\, a. (Anthropol.) Of, pertaining to, or named from, the Neanderthal, a valley in the Rhine Province, in which were found parts of a skeleton of an early type of man. The skull is characterized by extreme dolichocephaly, flat, retreating forehead, with closed frontal sutures, and enormous superciliary ridges. The cranial capacity is estimated at about 1,220 cubic centimeters, being about midway between that of the {Pithecanthropus} and modern man. Hence, designating the

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