hominid

noun
hom·i·nid | \ ˈhä-mə-nəd , -ˌnid \

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 great apes (the orangutan, gorilla, chimpanzee, and bonobo)

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hominid adjective

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Kubrick Mons honours film director Stanley Kubrick, whose iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey tells the story of humanity’s evolution from tool-using hominids to space explorers and beyond. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Science Fiction's Biggest Names Will Live Forever on Pluto's Moon," 13 Apr. 2018 The authors found that for roughly 700,000 years, from 1.2 million to 499,000 years ago, the hominids who populated this basin relied almost entirely on one simple, all-purpose stone tool known as a hand ax. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "Evolve or die: Why our ancestors learned to be social more than 320,000 years ago," 15 Mar. 2018 The cave, which probably served as a shelter for these hominids, is located on the western slope of Mt. Carmel and is part of a network of caves in the area. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "Fossil found in Israeli cave may change the story of human migration out of Africa," 25 Jan. 2018 Smith and her colleagues conclude that the size of large mammals on that continent may have been affected by hominid hunters going back more than a million years. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "The more humans spread, the smaller other mammals get. Elephants, rhinos and hippos had better watch out," 20 Apr. 2018 One way of exploring musicality before Stone Age flautists crashed Europe is to study hominid anatomy. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018 Neanderthals and early hominids were more sophisticated than their reputation suggests. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Could Be Neanderthal Art," 3 May 2018 In addition, Smith’s analysis looked at the size distribution of African mammals prior to the hominid migration into Eurasia. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "In 200 Years Cows May Be the Biggest Land Mammals on the Planet," 20 Apr. 2018 That link only appeared once hominids began to live alongside large mammals. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "In 200 Years Cows May Be the Biggest Land Mammals on the Planet," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hominid

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hominid

New Latin Hominidae, from Homin-, Homo + -idae

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hominid

noun
hom·i·nid | \ ˈhäm-ə-nəd, -ˌnid \

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

Other words from hominid

hominid adjective

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