prehominid

prehominid

(priːˈhɒmɪnɪd)
n
(Palaeontology) any of various extinct manlike primates. See australopithecine

pre•hom•i•nid

(priˈhɒm ə nɪd)

n.
1. any of the extinct humanlike primates classified in the former family Prehominidae.
2. any extinct form that is thought to be an ancestor of the hominids.
[1935–40]
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Put more picturesquely, our brain-wiring reflects the best unplanned survival technology of half a million years ago, not counting the more ancient prehominid and premammalian parts.