Paleoanthropology

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paleoanthropology

[¦pāl·ē·ō‚an·thrə′päl·ə·jē]
(anthropology)
A branch of anthropology concerned with the study of fossil humans.

Paleoanthropology

 

a branch of anthropology that studies the physical types and evolution of fossil man—Archanthropinae, Palaeoanthropus, and ancient Neoanthropinae. Paleoanthropological studies encompass the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods, during which the races of modern man were conclusively formed. It is incorrect to apply the term “paleoanthropology” to investigations of bony remains of ancient man of later historical periods.