archaic homo sapiens
archaic Homo sapiens
Relating to or being an early form or subspecies of Homo sapiens, anatomically distinct from modern humans. Neanderthals in Europe and Solo man in Asia are usually classed as archaic humans. Though archaic humans belong to the same species as modern humans, not all archaic groups or populations are necessarily ancestral to Homo sapiens sapiens. According to certain models of human evolution, modern humans replaced archaic populations throughout Asia and Europe after migrating out of Africa in comparatively recent times. In other models, widely separated but interbreeding archaic groups in different parts of the world evolved independently into today’s physiologically distinct geographic populations.
- Old latin
the Latin language in use from the earliest inscriptions to c100 b.c. Abbreviation: OL, OL., O.L. Historical Examples They felt contempt for their Old Latin speech and for their literature, with the tiresome asceticism it eternally preached. A Short History of Spain Mary Platt Parmele Dragons like father has in that Old Latin book about […]
- Archaic smile
a conventional representation of the mouth characterized by slightly upturned corners of the lips, found especially on Greek sculpture produced prior to the 5th century b.c.
marked by the characteristics of an earlier period; antiquated: an archaic manner; an archaic notion. (of a linguistic form) commonly used in an earlier time but rare in present-day usage except to suggest the older time, as in religious rituals or historical novels. Examples: thou; wast; methinks; forsooth. forming the earliest stage; prior to full […]
something archaic, as a word or expression. the use of what is archaic, as in literature or art: The archaism of the novelist’s style provided a sense of the period. the survival or presence of something from the past: The art of letter writing is becoming an archaism. Historical Examples We find none of the […]