Definition of hominid
anthropology : any of a family (Hominidae) of erect bipedal primate mammals that includes recent humans together with extinct ancestral and related forms and in some recent classifications the gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan
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So are these elephants and hominids still separate species?
The discovery, and research done on a cave full of 15 skeletons nearby, strongly suggests the little hominids were much less ancient than previously thought.
Hit the National Museum of Ethiopia to see the 3.2-million-year-old bones of the hominid Lucy, dug up in the north; and the chaotic Merkato, Africa’s largest outdoor market.
Winner Lee Berger, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, leads paleontological expeditions, including one that led to Africa’s largest fossil hominid discovery, in 2013.
The mammal assemblage of the hominid site TM266 (Late Miocene, Chad Basin): ecological structure and paleoenvironmental implications Naturwissenschaften, 96 (5), 565-574 DOI: 10.1007/s00114-008-0504-7 LIKIUS, A., VIGNAUD, P., & BRUNET, M. (2007).
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Origin and Etymology of hominid
New Latin Hominidae, from Homin-, Homo + -idae
First Known Use: circa 1889See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of hominid
: any of a family (Hominidae) of erect, bipedal, primate mammals that includes recent humans together with extinct ancestral and related forms and in some recent classifications the gorilla, chimpanzee, and organgutan
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