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Meaning of Homo erectus*

Ho•mo e•rec•tus

Pronunciation: (hō'mō i-rek'tus), [key]
  1. an extinct species of the human lineage, formerly known as Pithecanthropus erectus, having upright stature and a well-evolved postcranial skeleton, but with a smallish brain, low forehead, and protruding face. See illus. under
  2. a fossil belonging to this species. Cf. Arago man, Java man, Peking man.
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