Hominidae


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Hominidae

[hä′min·ə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
A family of primates in the superfamily Hominoidea containing one living species, Homo sapiens.

Hominidae

 

a family of the order Primates. This family includes modern and fossil (Archanthropus, Palaeoan-thropus) man. Most scientists also include Australopithecines and other biped fossils of the higher primates in the family Hominidae. However, there are researchers who take Hominidae to mean only “genuine” man, starting from Archanthropus. According to the first point of view, the family Hominidae arose toward the end of the Tertiary period (about 3.5 million years ago); according to the second, it arose toward the middle of the Quaternary period (that is, about 1 million years ago).

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That is why, even more than a century later, living primates are informative, but more fossils are still urgently needed to clarify the origins and subsequent evolution of Hominidae.
On the one hand, Anoiapithecus displays a very modern facial morphology, with a muzzle prognathism so reduced that, within the family Hominidae, we can only find comparable values within the genus Homo sapiens, whereas the remaining great apes are notoriously more prognathic.
The second surprise provided by Lluc is that it enabled to solve two key questions regarding the origin of our family: what group it is derived from, and which is the geographic area where the family Hominidae originated.