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Boskop

(ˈbɒskɒp)
n
(Anthropology & Ethnology)
a. a prehistoric race of the late Pleistocene period in sub-Saharan Africa
b. (as modifier): Boskop man.
[C20: named after Boskop, in the Transvaal, where remains of this race were first discovered]
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In Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), psychology professors Gary Lynch (University of California, Irvine) and Richard Granger (Dartmouth) reintroduce the "Boskops," another unique lineage of hominin discovered in 1913 and named for a village off the east coast of South Africa.
Unclear as to whether the Boskops belonged to a species separate from our own, Lynch and Granger suggest that, because their brains were nearly 30 percent larger than ours (with an average cranial capacity of 1750 cc), their prefrontal cortices may have measured as much as 53 percent greater.
In any case, Big Brain is not so much a book about the Boskops (very little is truly known about them, after all) as it is an enlightening discussion of the human brain that uses the Boskops as a somewhat awkward but at times exhilarating springboard.