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hominid

[hom-uh-nid] /ˈhɒm ə nɪd/
noun, Anthropology
1.
any of the modern or extinct bipedal primates of the family Hominidae, including all species of the genera Homo and Australopithecus.
Also, homonid, hominian
[hoh-min-ee-uh n] /hoʊˈmɪn i ən/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Neo-Latin Hominidae, equivalent to Latin homin- (stem of homō) man (see Homo) + -idae -id2
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  • Their enhanced mobility might someday prove as liberating as the first upright steps of hominid ancestors long ago.
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  • Our hominid ancestors are forced into the water to find food.
  • Fossils are the principal evidence of hominid evolution, but they take scientists only so far.
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  • The overwhelming trait of our hominid species is denial when facts conflict with self-interest.
  • The sculptures emphasize that our predecessor species did not simply succeed one another, each hominid more evolved than the last.
  • The dispute is about whether the six to seven million-year-old fossil is a hominid or an ape.
British Dictionary definitions for hominid

hominid

/ˈhɒmɪnɪd/
noun
1.
any primate of the family Hominidae, which includes modern man (Homo sapiens) and the extinct precursors of man
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Hominidae
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Latin homo man + -id²
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Word Origin and History for hominid
n.

1889, "family of mammals represented by man," from Modern Latin Hominidæ the biological family name, coined 1825 from Latin homo (genitive hominis) "man" (see homunculus). As an adjective from 1915.

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hominid in Science
hominid
  (hŏm'ə-nĭd)   
Any of various primates of the family Hominidae, whose only living members are modern humans. Hominids are characterized by an upright gait, increased brain size and intelligence compared with other primates, a flattened face, and reduction in the size of the teeth and jaw. Besides the modern species Homo sapiens, hominids also include extinct species of Homo (such as H. erectus) and the extinct genus Australopithecus. In some classifications, the family Hominidae also includes the anthropoid apes.
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Encyclopedia Article for hominid

in zoology, one of the two living families of the ape superfamily Hominoidea, the other being the Hylobatidae (gibbons). Hominidae includes the great apes-that is, the orangutans (genus Pongo), gorillas (Gorilla), and chimpanzees and bonobos (Pan)-as well as human beings (Homo). Formerly, humans alone (with their extinct forebears) were placed in Hominidae, and the great apes were placed in a different family, Pongidae. However, morphological and molecular studies now indicate that humans are closely related to chimpanzees, while gorillas are more distant and orangutans more distant still. Since classification schemes aim to depict relationships, it is logical to consider humans and great apes as hominids, that is, members of the same zoological family, Hominidae. Within this family there are considered to be two subfamilies. One (called Ponginae) contains only the orangutans, and the other (Homininae) contains humans and the African great apes. Subfamily Homininae in turn is divided into two "tribes": Gorillini, for the African great apes and their evolutionary ancestors, and Hominini, for human beings and their ancestors. Following this classification, members of the human tribe, that is, modern human beings and their extinct forebears (e.g., the Neanderthals, Homo erectus, various species of Australopithecus), are frequently referred to as hominins.

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