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From translingual Hominini, from the stem of Latin homo (man). Compare hominid.


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.