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Used attributive with reference to an extinct hominid known from fossil fragments of a Middle Pleistocene female skull found in a gravel pit near Swanscombe, and dated to between 350,000 and 250,000 years ago.
1930s; earliest use found in Man: a monthly record of anthropological science. From Swanscombe, the name of a small town on the Thames Estuary in Kent, south-east England, where the fossils were first found in 1935.
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