- The definition of homo sapiens is the scientific name for human beings.
An example of Homo sapiens is every person alive today.
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Origin: ModL: see homo and amp; sapient
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Origin: New Latin Homō sapiēns, species name : Latin homō, man + Latin sapiēns, wise, rational, present participle of sapere, to be wise.
Homo sapiens - Cultural Definition
The biological classification of modern humans. Homo sapiens is Latin for “the wise human” or “the clever human.” The earliest Homo sapiens was Neanderthal, who developed about 150,000 years ago. Sometimes modern humans are further classified into the subspecies of Homo sapiens neanderthalis (Neanderthals) and Homo sapiens sapiens (Cro-Magnons and present-day humans). (See Linnean classification.)
homo sapiens - Science Definition
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