hominin


hominin

hominin [hom-uh-nin] Word Origin noun Anthropology.

  1. any member of the group consisting of all modern and extinct humans and all their immediate ancestors, specifically species more closely related to modern humans than to chimpanzees.

Origin of hominin 1985–90; New Latin Hominini, equivalent to Latin homin- (stem of homo) “human being, man” (see Homo) + -ini (plural of the adjectival suffix -inus indicating origin or affiliation: see -ine1)

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