habiline

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Homo habilis.

Noun[edit]

habiline (plural habilines)

  1. A specimen of the now extinct species Homo habilis.

Adjective[edit]

habiline (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to habilines.
    • 1985, Charles E. Oxnard, Humans, Apes and Chinese Fossils: New Implications for Human Evolution, Hong Kong University Press, page 7:
      Finally, new finds from Olduvai prompted Leakey, Tobias and Napier (1964) to recognize a new form, Homo habilis. Although the post-cranial elements of this find are no longer believed to be habiline, further finds[…]suggest that there is indeed a reality to this species.
    • 1995, Johan Matheus Gerardus van der Dennen, The Origin of War: The Evolution of a Male-Coalitional Reproductive Strategy, Origin Press, page 572:
      Sexual division of labor may be as old as the habiline hominids (H. habilis, ± 2.5 mya), who in all probability practiced a flexible subsistence strategy of "ecological opportunism optimized by tool use"[…].