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hominid

Line breaks: hom|inid
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒmɪnɪd
 
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Definition of hominid in English:

noun

Zoology
A primate of a family (Hominidae) which includes humans and their fossil ancestors.
Example sentences
  • It may be possible to extract DNA from the bones of human ancestors and other hominids who died up to one million years ago, researchers believe.
  • Teeth and jaw fossils of an early hominid were found with fossils of other animals.
  • Do hominid fossils from one to two million years ago represent a single species or numerous branches on the family tree, some of which died out?

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Hominidae (plural), from Latin homo, homin- 'man'.

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