protohuman

[ proh-toh-hyoo-muhn or, often, -yoo- ]
/ ˌproʊ toʊˈhyu mən or, often, -ˈyu- /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling extinct hominin populations that had some but not all the features of modern Homo sapiens.

noun

a protohuman animal.

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Origin of protohuman

First recorded in 1905–10; proto- + human
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British Dictionary definitions for protohuman

protohuman
/ (ˌprəʊtəʊˈhjuːmən) /

noun

any of various prehistoric primates that resembled modern man

adjective

of or relating to any of these primates
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Scientific definitions for protohuman

protohuman
[ prō′tō-hyōōmən ]

Any of various extinct hominids or other extinct primates that were primitive predecessors or ancestors of humans.
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