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Homo sapiens[¦hō·mō ′sap·ē·ənz]
Modern human species; a large, erect, omnivorous terrestrial biped of the primate family Hominidae.
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Homo sapiensthe 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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