prehominid

[pree-hom-uh-nid]
noun
1.
any of the extinct humanlike primates classified in the former family Prehominidae.
2.
any extinct form that is thought to be an ancestor of the hominids.

Origin:
1935–40; pre- + hominid

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prehominid (priːˈhɒmɪnɪd)
 
n
See australopithecine any of various extinct manlike primates

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The prehominid would often cut short an artistic impulse in favor of a little nibble.
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