Homo sapiens


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Homo sapiens

[¦hō·mō ′sap·ē·ənz]
(vertebrate zoology)
Modern human species; a large, erect, omnivorous terrestrial biped of the primate family Hominidae.

Homo sapiens

the biological term for human beings. The species term 'S apiens’ means ‘intelligent’, as opposed to other species of the genus Homo, such as Homo erectus. Strictly, the term for the current variety of humans is Homo sapiens sapiens, as opposed to other subspecies of the species sapiens, such as Homo sapiens neanderthalis.
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Some researchers have opined that the strenuous exercises involved in the activities of hunting and gathering, in the everyday life of early homo sapiens, helped in developing a higher bone density.
Of the many hominid branches on the family tree, stretching back four million years or more, we Homo sapiens are the only one left.
A separate species from Homo sapiens, Neandertals were also around during the Stone Age but are now extinct.
The Homo Sapiens has a feel unlike any other fountain pen," said Dante Del Vecchio, founder of Visconti Pens.
For 60 years the belief has persisted Homo sapiens were intellectually more advanced than Neanderthals, enabling them to come out top in the competition to survive.
Extinction of Homo sapiens was derived from a different interpretation of published discoveries and theories concerning origins covering the last 15,000 years.
It is hard to understand the odd comfort humankind derives from bellicose stances in reaction to breakdowns in international relations, but we homo sapiens as a breed seem queasy about dialogue and negotiation.
Then, perhaps, instead of attempting to ban a book about two male penguins that love each other, they might learn to accept same-sex love as a natural variant in many animal species, including Homo sapiens.
But whereas the earlier work, Homo sapiens sapiens, 2005, envisioned an all-female prelapsarian paradise, its sequel, Eine Freiheitstatue fur London (A Liberty Statue for London), 2005, presents an ethereal-looking red-headed woman's journey out of Eden through a long graffiti-ridden corridor or tunnel--a sort of artificial birth canal--into a present-day European city.
Moreover, if global warming is increasing the severity and frequency of hurricanes, as NASA scientist Stuart Jordan shows in his article, and if that change finds its source in human-caused pollution, then even the nature of the storm itself can be laid at the feet of Homo sapiens.
For millennia, homo sapiens was just another species of hunter-gatherer primates.
Along with evolution, the God squad has apparently stopped teaching the difference between Homo sapiens and homo cartoonum.