Meaning of Homo sapiens in English:

Homo sapiens


  • 1The primate species to which modern humans belong; humans regarded as a species.

    See also Homo

    ‘It clearly belongs to our species Homo sapiens, but it defies attribution to a specific modern human group.’
    • ‘This discovery bridges the gap between our earlier ancestors, Homo erectus, and modern humans, Homo sapiens.’
    • ‘The scientists, DNA experts from Glagow University, have also discovered where the mysterious creature should go in the fossil record and the evolutionary chart of man and how it gave rise to modern humans, or Homo sapiens.’
    • ‘At the most basic level a human can be defined as a person belonging to the Homo sapiens species.’
    • ‘Humanoid bones found near the camel's remains are thought to belong to modern man, Homo sapiens.’
    • ‘The species to which you and all other living human beings on this planet belong is Homo sapiens.’
    • ‘Many millennia after this great migration out of Africa, archaic Homo evolved into modern Homo sapiens, who still later domesticated animals, perhaps in at least two separate episodes.’
    • ‘Yet fossils alone do not provide clear answers to the question of whether the ancestors of all modern Homo sapiens comprised a single African population or an amalgamation of distinct archaic populations.’
    • ‘Crow suggests that speciation to modern Homo sapiens was accomplished by a change on the Y chromosome that increased brain lateralization and concomitant language skills among males.’
    • ‘Skeletal remains have been instrumental in establishing the evolution of human ancestors in Africa, and they have also provided important information about the evolution of modern Homo sapiens.’
    • ‘The Qafzeh Cave in Israel contains skeletal remains of modern Homo sapiens that are more than 90,000 years old, as well as more recent signs of human occupation.’
    • ‘In the middle of this cave, resting on the ground, lay a nearly complete lower jaw that may represent the oldest known example of anatomically modern Homo sapiens in Europe.’
    • ‘A glance at the fossil remains of these hominids shows that Neandertal bones are much more robust than those of modern Homo sapiens.’
    • ‘Whether or not there is any truth in the legends, the creature would have lived at the same time as our own branch of the human family, Homo sapiens.’
    • ‘Over the course of the next 20,000 years, Homo sapiens pushed other hominid species to extinction and established populations in Australia, Asia, and Europe.’
    • ‘By about 25,000 years ago, the only hominid species that remained was Homo sapiens.’
    • ‘I've suffered much disappointment in my long life but have not yet lost all faith in the species Homo sapiens.’
    • ‘Our own species, Homo sapiens, probably evolved in Africa, but nobody really knows the details of where, when, or from whom.’
    • ‘One of the most fundamental characteristics of our species Homo sapiens is its unquenchable curiosity about the world around it, and about itself and its place in that world in particular.’
    • ‘Scientists believe that one of these unnamed species evolved into Homo sapiens about 300,000 years ago.’
    person, human being, personage, mortal, member of the human race
    1. 1.1A member of the Homo Sapiens species; a human being.
      ‘a small barefoot Homo sapiens could have made the footprints’
      • ‘We Homo sapiens are descended from bipedal primates - usually called hominids - that first appeared in Africa some 5 million years ago.’


Homo sapiens

/ˌhəʊməʊ ˈsapɪɛnz/ /ˌhɒməʊ ˈsapɪɛnz/


Latin, literally ‘wise man’.