Definition of hominid in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɒmɪnɪd


  • A primate of a family (Hominidae) which includes humans and their fossil ancestors.
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    • 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?


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

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