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Cro-Magnon man(krō-măg`nən, –măn`yən), an early Homo sapiens (the species to which modern humans belong) that lived about 40,000 years ago. Skeletal remains and associated artifacts of the of the Aurignacian culture were first found in 1868 in Les Eyzies, Dordogne, France. Later discoveries were made in a number of caverns in the Dordogne valley, Solutré, and in Spain, Germany, and central Europe. Cro-Magnon man was anatomically identical to modern humans, but differed significantly from Neanderthals (see Neanderthal manNeanderthal man
or Neandertal man
, a species of Homo, the genus to which contemporary humans belong, known as H. neandertalensis after Neanderthal (now Neandertal), Germany, the valley where the first specimen to be identified was found.
..... Click the link for more information. ), who disappear in the fossil about 10,000 years after the appearance of Aurignacian and other upper Paleolithic populations (e.g. the Perigordian culture). The abrupt disappearance of Neanderthal populations and the associated Mousterian technologies, the sudden appearance of modern Homo sapiens (who had arisen earlier in Africa and migrated to Europe) and the associated upper Paleolithic technologies, and the absence of transitional anatomical or technological forms have led many researchers to hypothesize that Neanderthals were driven to extinction through competition with Cro-Magnon or related populations. Greater linguistic competence and cultural sophistication are often suggested as characteristics tilting the competitive balance in favor of upper Paleolithic groups. Finely crafted stone and bone tools, shell and ivory jewelry, and polychrome paintings found on cave walls all testify to the cultural advancement of Cro-Magnon man. See human evolutionhuman evolution,
theory of the origins of the human species, Homo sapiens. Modern understanding of human origins is derived largely from the findings of paleontology, anthropology, and genetics, and involves the process of natural selection (see Darwinism).
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the general name for a race of man of the Upper Paleolithic. The name was derived from the grotto of Cro-Magnon in the department of Dordogne in France, where the French archaeologist and paleontologist L. Lartet discovered Cro-Magnon remains in 1868. From an anthropological point of view, Cro-Magnon man is a subspecies of modern man (Homo sapiens). In the specialized literature, the name “CroMagnon” is used only for those local groups of ancient inhabitants of Europe that resemble the man from the Cro-Magnon grotto in type. Cro-Magnon man is characterized by tall stature, long skull, and broad face with low orbits. The features of the Cro-Magnon anthropological type are observed in the population of much later eras up to the present (for example, the Guanches of the Canary Islands).
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