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noun, plural: hominins
(1) Any of the tribe Hominini of the family Hominidae of the order Primates.
(2) Any of the lineages of human beings, including the early human predecessors such as Homo erectus, Homo habilis, Homo neanderthalensis, and Australopithecus species.
The distinctive features of hominins are their erect posture, bipedal movement, larger cranial capacity, and use of specialized tools.