hominin

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Etymology[edit]

From modern Latin tribe name Hominini, from the stem Latin homo ‎(man). Compare hominid.

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hominin ‎(plural hominins)

  1. (paleontology) Any member of the taxonomic tribe Hominini, the evolutionary group that includes modern humans and now-extinct bipedal relatives. [from 20th c.]
    • 2009, The Human Lineage, page 432:
      [...] prefer the third explanation for the advanced-looking features of Neandertals (Chapter 7) and the Ngandong hominins (Chapter 6), but they have had little to say about the post-Erectine archaics from China.
    • 2011, Chris Stringer, The Origin of Our Species, Penguin 2012, p. 151:
      Caspari and Lee carried out comparisons ranging from ancient hominins such as australopithecines through to Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons, assessing the ratios of young adults to old adults.

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