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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.
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Referring to a member of the family of humans, Hominidae
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any member of the family Hominidae, which includes human and human-like fossils from the PleistoceneEPOCH.
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The deep learning analysis has revealed that the extinct hominid is probably a descendant of the Neanderthal and Denisovan populations.
Capuchin flakes are smaller and contain fewer fractured areas than ancient hominid tools, says archaeologist David Braun of George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
However, a closer look at the Bulgarian pre-human hominid molar revealed that the ape had eaten hard, abrasive objects such as grasses, seeds and nuts.
It is also clear that anatomical and developmental changes associated with bipedalism and changes to hominid brains would require shifts in infant care strategies.
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 its significance rivalled that of Australopithecus africanus, the first hominid discovered 77 years ago, which confirmed the African origin of humans.
As we go back in time, studying the bones and teeth (all that remain) of earlier forms of hominid life, we come to an organism that was perhaps the size of a modern chimpanzee or even a little smaller and with a brain that was no larger.
In 2012, another group suggested some people in Africa carry DNA heirlooms from an unknown extinct hominid species (SN: 9/8/12, p.
His discovery is being ranked with that of the first hominid in Africa.
Paleontologists said preliminary studies of the arm and finger bones revealed that one of the hominids was an agile tree climber, while its leg bones indicated that it walked on two legs on the ground.
For the final third of their existence, though, they were no longer the only hominids. Some australopithecines had evolved to the point where they had become sufficiently human to be placed in the same genus with ourselves.