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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.
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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An extinct hominid could explain the history of humankind
Sharp-edged debris from such rock pounding raises questions about how hominid toolmaking evolved.
Since finding Lucy, other fossils of the hominids were discovered but they were either older than 3 million years or younger than 2.3 million years.
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.
Richard Wrangham and Dean Falk, both accomplished anthropologists, have each written a book presenting a novel theory on how and why the human lineage (a group of primates known as hominids) developed characteristics that distinguish us from other animals.
Remains of a second hominid of the same size and stature has been dated to 74,000 years ago.
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.'
And when finds are made, they have to be fitted into a vast time scale; depending on how we define the term "human", we are looking at a period of initial hominid development of between six and three million years ago.
Any organism that is more human than ape is called a hominid (from a Latin word for "man").
People from Melanesia, a South Pacific region encompassing Papua New Guinea and surrounding islands, may carry genetic evidence of a previously unknown extinct hominid, Ryan Bohlender reported October 20.