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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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  • There seems no reason why it should not happen to hominids.
  • And various other features of hominids' skulls also hint at linguistic ability.
  • But all humans in the world belong to the same subspecies of hominids.
  • But the degree to which these hominids walked on the ground has been debated.
  • For example, many of the best fossils of hominids come from piles of bones near places where predators ate lunch.
  • Tim said something about hominids seeing this moon rising over water here for millions of years.
  • Even today researchers argue about what separates modern humans from other, extinct hominids.
  • The researchers compared the ancient skull and related fossils with the fossils of many other known hominids and primates.
  • Based on fossils discovered in earlier digs, hominids appear to have lived in the area for nearly six million years.
  • In addition to the ancient hominids, the site includes fossils of more modern early-human species.
British Dictionary definitions for hominids

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 hominids

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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hominids 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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hominids [(hom-uh-nidz)]

The biological family that includes our species, Homo sapiens. This family has also included Neanderthals and other forerunners of today's humans, such as Australopithecus, Homo erectus, and Homo habilis. Today's human beings are the only surviving hominids.

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Encyclopedia Article for hominids

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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