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A member of the primate genus Homo, especially a member of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other apes by a large brain and the capacity for speech.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of humans: the course of human events; the human race.

hu′man·hood′ n.
hu′man·ness n.


Etymology: L, humanus
a member of the genus Homo and particularly of the species H. sapiens.


[L. humanus, human]
1. An offspring of humans. 2. Pert. to or characterizing people.


see homo-.

human carriers
humans who act as active carriers of diseases of animals and infect animals.
human immunodeficiency virus
includes HIV1 (more common) and HIV2 which are lentiviruses that cause acquired immunodeficiency disease (AIDS) in humans.
human leukocyte antigen
see major histocompatibility complex.

Patient discussion about human

Q. I am a man with breast cancer. Hello friends, you might have heard about breast cancer in women but here I am a man with breast cancer. Is Herceptin licensed to treat me?

A. Hi, what were your symptoms and when did you discover you had breast cancer?

Q. what are the basics products we as a humans, need to have in our diet?

A. A regular healthy diet should be comprised of a 40-50% carbohydrate (bread, rice, etc.), 30-40% protein (dairy, meat, chicken, fish) and 20% fat. Other important ingredients are fruit and vegetables, that contain large amounts of fibers and vitamins.

Q. Is there a difference between a man's diet and a woman's diet? let say for the point of it the weight the same and they are in the same age .

A. no one should have the same exact diet, you need to find what works for you and helps you achieve your goals.

the base of the diet could be the same, for example burn calories then you consume. But other wise, find what works for you.

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The Harvard Medical School/UCLA research team that created the map also used comparative genomics to make predictions about where Denisovan and Neanderthal genes may be impacting modern human biology.
The paper will then compare the morphology of the earliest known specimens of Homo sapiens with Homo erectus and the earliest known fossil sequence of modern humans from Australia, from the Willandra Lakes region, in order to establish if there is a 'mark of Ancient Java' indicating assimilation of Homo erectus by modern humans.
Weaver's study builds on findings from a report he and his colleagues published last year in which the team compared cranial measurements of modern human skulls and Neanderthal specimens.
Dr Manica said: "We believe modern humans evolved in Africa between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago and remained there until 54,000 years ago.
A rival theory suggests that modern humans evolved into their current form in a number of different locations around the world, not just Africa.
The researchers suggest that the unusual features were unlikely to have come from earlier modern humans but were very likely to have come from Neanderthals.
Until now, scientists believed that the Neanderthals of Europe, who disappeared 33,000 years ago, were the last hominids to coexist with modern humans.
A group of researchers, including University of Tokyo professor Gen Suwa, said the discovery -- made in the Ethiopian village of Herto in 1997 -- suggest that in the course of human evolution, modern humans probably emerged from their ancestral stage in Africa.
Waters said these findings are a surprise because most researchers had thought sophisticated survival skills came into wide use among ancient human-like animals only with the appearance about 150,000 years ago of anatomically modern humans.
Although this fossil had a brain only half the size of a modern human being's, it was still comparatively advanced.
Or, to be more accurate (and less dramatic), it is changing our understanding of human history and how we modern humans evolved in Africa and moved out of there.
Neandertals died out in Western Europe earlier than many scientists thought, between about 41,000 and 39,000 years ago, after interbreeding with modern humans for a few thousand years, a new study suggests.