Cro-Magnon

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Cro-Magnon Tall, Upper Paleolithic race of humans, possibly the earliest form of modern Homo sapiens. Cro-Magnon people settled in Europe c.35,000 years ago. They manufactured a variety of sophisticated flint tools, as well as bone, shell, and ivory jewellery and artifacts. Cro-Magnon artists produced cave paintings in France and n Spain. Cro-Magnon remains were first found in 1868 in a rock shelter in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, Dordogne, France. See also human evolution

Cro-Magnon man

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Cro-Magnon man the earliest form of modern human in Europe, associated with the Aurignacian flint industry. Their appearance c.35,000 years ago marked the beginning of the Upper Palaeolithic and the apparent decline and disappearance of Neanderthal man; the group persisted at least into the Neolithic period. The name comes from Cro-Magnon, a hill in the Dordogne, France, where remains were found in 1868.

Cro-Magnon man

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Cro-Mag·non man / krō ˈmagnən; ˈmanyən/ • n. the earliest form of modern human in Europe. Their appearance c.35,000 years ago marked the beginning of the Upper Paleolithic and the apparent decline and disappearance of Neanderthal man.