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hominin

(hŏm′ĭ-nĭn′)
n.
Any of various primates of the tribe Hominini, including Australopithecus, other Pliocene and Pleistocene human relatives, and Homo sapiens, the only extant species. The hominins were formerly referred to as hominids.

hom′i·nin′ adj.
A member of the family of humans, Hominidae, which consists of all species on the human side of the last common ancestor—the missing link of humans and living apes; some scientists include the great apes in the superfamily of all apes, the Hominoidea, whose members are called hominoids; biochemical evidence suggests that the last common ancestor of hominids and apes occurred between 5 and 10 million years ago
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However, scientists say the primitive cranial morphology links this fossil to even more ancient hominins, such as Sahelanthropus and Ardipithecus, and casts doubt on previous assumptions about a direct link to the younger Australopithecus afarensis.
The results of this study generally support a geographic patterning for the New World; however, it also revealed a much more complex and multifactorial mechanism shaping craniofacial morphology that should be considered when investigating ecogeographic models for hominin dispersals.
Other interbreeding occurred with groups in East Asia, in the Philippines, the Sunda shelf (the continental shelf that used to connect Java, Borneo and Sumatra to mainland East Asia), and possibly near Flores in Indonesia, with another group they have named "Extinct Hominin 2."
The results were surprising in part because so many other features of this hominin are not modern, such as the shape and thickness of the skull and the large size of the teeth.
The question that luzonensis poses for us in the 21st century is, how much farther have we truly come along as humans from our hominin ancestors, and what have we done with our humanity?
Moreover, Jacobs pointed out that the tiny size of the fossils is why the researchers used a combination of optical, radiocarbon, and uranium-series dating methods, together with stratigraphic information and relative genetic ages (obtained from the mitochondrial DNA extracted from the fossil bones and teeth), in order to develop a statistical (Bayesian) model for a more reliable chronology for the hominin fossil.
The skullcap, found in the Salkhit Valley northeast Mongolia is, to date, the only Pleistocene hominin fossil found in the country.
Short chapters discuss hominin fossil evidence, the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period, the principles of evolutionary theory, mechanisms of speciation, DNA structure, the possibility of humans interbreeding with Neanderthals, the differences between man and ape, and more recent human development.
Among the thousands of bone fragments excavated from an ancient cave in the Altai mountains in Siberia, scientists have identified an inch-long shard that belonged to a rare hominin hybrid: a female with a Denisovan dad and a Neanderthal mom.
Scientists have known about the two different but closely related hominin populations for years.
Although found in many different types of sedimentary contexts worldwide (for example in cave floors and volcanic ash), a high proportion of hominin trackways have been discovered in nearshore settings.
When and how did the brains of our hominin ancestors become human minds?