protohuman

protohuman

[proh-toh-hyoo-muhn or, often, -yoo-]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or resembling extinct hominid populations that had some but not all the features of modern Homo sapiens.
noun
2.
a protohuman animal.

Origin:
1905–10; proto- + human

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protohuman (ˌprəʊtəʊˈhjuːmən)
 
n
1.  any of various prehistoric primates that resembled modern man
 
adj
2.  of or relating to any of these primates

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protohuman   (prō'tō-hy'mən)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various extinct hominids or other extinct primates that were primitive predecessors or ancestors of humans.
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