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hominid

(hŏm′ə-nĭd)
n.
Any of various primates of the family Hominidae, which includes orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and modern humans, and their extinct relatives. The family formerly included only Homo sapiens, extinct species of Homo, and the extinct genus Australopithecus.

hom′i·nid adj.

hominid

[hom′inid]
Etymology: L, homo, man; Gk, eidos, form
pertaining to the primate family Hominidae, which includes humans.
Referring to a member of the family of humans, Hominidae

hominid

any member of the family Hominidae, which includes human and human-like fossils from the PleistoceneEPOCH.

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Techniques for using one stone to pound away pieces of another, creating a rock with smooth faces bordered by razor-sharp edges, "could have been invented independently in different hominid species through [stone-pounding] behaviors we have yet to identity," Proffitt says.
Researchers from the University of Tubingen in Germany said the ape's diet was similar to that of African hominids, which only disappeared four million years ago.
And, while Wrangham frequently refers to common chimpanzees as a model for the evolution of hominid social interactions, he ignores data on female chimpanzee tool use and hunting that would counter some of his arguments.
The researchers believe that the little lady's ancestors arrived on Flores Island some 800,000 years ago or more as full-sized hominids, but that over the millennia, isolated on the island, their size decreased as a response to a limited food supply or other environmental causes.
The fossil material -- a nearly complete cranium, two lower jaw fragments and three isolated teeth -- was recovered between last July and February, and constitutes a new genus and species of hominid, the articles said.
He said: 'The new hominid displays a unique combination of primitive and derived characters, suggesting a close relationship to the last common ancestor between humans and chimpanzees, suggesting him as a likely ancestor of all later hominids.
Despite a search comprising more than 60 years -- starting in the 1930s with Dr Louis Leakey's site at Olduvai, Tanzania -- there is still only a handful of hominid skeletons complete enough to provide unequivocal markers in this critical period of development.
Perhaps of greatest potential importance, paleontologists said, is that the new Sterkfontein skeleton should yield insights into a time of transition in hominid locomotion.
Any organism that is more human than ape is called a hominid (from a Latin word for "man").
That species is probably not Neandertal or Denisovan, but a different, related hominid group, said Bohlender, a statistical geneticist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.