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Homo gautengensis

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Definition

noun

A hominid species that is presently recognized as the earliest species of the genus Homo.


Supplement

The distinctive features of this hominid include big teeth indicating that they could be predominantly plant-eaters, and therefore tree dwellers (for easy access to food and a way to escape predators). The species may have used stone tools and fire based on archeological evidence. They may be bipedal primates but possibly lacking language skills, hence, not essentially a direct ancestor to modern human species.


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