protohuman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From proto- +‎ human.

Adjective[edit]

protohuman ‎(comparative more protohuman, superlative most protohuman)

  1. Pertaining to the first humans or the beginning of humankind.
    • 2003, Constant Battles: The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage‎, Steven A. LeBlanc, Katherine E. Register, p. 77.
      We each had limited knowledge of forager and protohuman warfare based on either ethnographic accounts or archaeological information, which forced both of us ...
    • 1981, English Literature, Leslie A. Fiedler, Houston A. Baker, English Institute, p. 140
      Among the protohuman institutions that didn't exist, materially speaking, was the behavior pattern of storytelling.

Noun[edit]

protohuman ‎(plural protohumans)

  1. One of the earliest humans.
    • 2008 March 21, John Noble Wilford, “New Analysis Suggests Earlier Start for Upright Walking”[1], New York Times:
      The research included an examination of the original fossils and a comparison with skeletons of modern humans and protohumans and also chimpanzees.