What is a Cro-Magnon man?

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What is a Cro-Magnon man?

Asked by Nikki Jackson of Mosman, NSW, Australia

Cro-Magnon humans are regarded as the earliest form of modern humans. We are their direct descendants. Cro-Magnons lived from about 40,000 to 10,000 years ago.

If you saw a Cro-Magnon walking down the street they would be almost indistinguishable from modern humans. The only differences would be:

  • A slightly larger and more muscular body
  • A somewhat larger skull and brain

If they wore a business suit and nice hair cut, a Cro-Magnon could possibly sell you a used car.

Stephen Juan, Ph.D. is an anthropologist at the University of Sydney. Email your Odd Body questions to s.juan@edfac.usyd.edu.au

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