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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Thus this being towards, the to of being that Nancy articulates, is necessarily both prehominid and posthominid, because it is already configured towards that which exceeds and precedes its own being and it is already responsive to that transformative possibility.
1993) win call for extended discussion, considering the fact that this species does not use tools in nature: even if the flakes obtained bear some resemblance to Oldowan stone flakes, their intrinsic interest for our understanding of prehominid techniques is seriously biased by the artificial experiment that produced the situation.
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.
Future generations of intelligent machines will most likely be as interested in human beings as we would be in the alleged missing link between ourselves and our prehominid forebears if such an ancestor were still alive, because understanding the past often improves proficiency in coping with current and approaching problems.