hominin

noun
hom·​i·​nin | \ ˈhä-mə-nən How to pronounce hominin (audio) , -ˌnin \

Definition of hominin

: any of a taxonomic tribe (Hominini) of hominids that includes recent humans together with extinct ancestral and related forms

Examples of hominin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than one species of Australopithecine took their first bipedal steps in Eastern and Southern Africa, while more than one hominin wandered around Europe and Asia at the same time, often interbreeding. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 6 Feb. 2022 Grotte Mandrin had everything a hominin could want. New York Times, 9 Feb. 2022 At other sites, the fossils don’t quite have all the features that distinguish our skulls from those of our now-extinct hominin cousins: things like a high, round cranium (the round part of your skull that holds your brain) and a chin. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 21 Jan. 2022 In December, a team led by Ellison McNutt from Ohio University announced that their reanalysis of some of the footprints from Site A at Laetoli were not left by a bear, as had been hypothesized, but by a bipedal hominin. Briana Pobiner And Ryan Mcrae, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Dec. 2021 If the tracks at Site A were the work of a different hominin species, those fossils still await discovery. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2021 Archaeologists first identified Neumark-Nord as a hotbed of hominin occupation in 1985. Aylin Woodward, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2021 However, some scientists aren't as confident that the prints belonged to another hominin species. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Dec. 2021 One explanation at the time for the enigmatic footprints was that they had been made by a bear walking on two feet, although Leakey had wondered if they were left by a hominin with an irregular gait. Katie Hunt, CNN, 1 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hominin

1989, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hominin

New Latin Hominini, from Homin-, Homo + -ini, tribe suffix, from Latin -inus -ine entry 1

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“Hominin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hominin. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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