Related to prehuman: Neanderthal, Australopithecus


Any of various extinct primates, especially an early hominin.
1. Of or relating to these extinct primates.
2. Of or relating to a period preceding settlement by humans: New Zealand's prehuman avifauna.


(Anthropology & Ethnology) an evolutionary ancestor of mankind
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) denoting the evolutionary period before the appearance of mankind
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) relating to an evolutionary ancestor of mankind


(priˈhyu mən; often -ˈyu-)

1. preceding the appearance or existence of human beings.
2. of or pertaining to a human prototype.
3. a prehuman animal.
References in classic literature ?
These germs of disease have taken toll of humanity since the beginning of things--taken toll of our prehuman ancestors since life began here.
The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution.
18) Peter van Inwagen (who claims to be offering a defense, rather than theodicy--a possible explanation for suffering that may or may not reflect God's actual reason) envisages a time when God took a population of prehuman ancestors and gave them the gift of free will along with preternatural powers to live in harmony with others and protect themselves from wild beasts, disease, and random destructive and natural events.
British Museum in London led a team that discovered footprints of at least five prehuman individuals from more than 780,000 years ago (SN: 3/22/14, p.
It feels superromantic to me, reducing all that discourse about technological change to children's stuff, prehuman history, which at the same time only exists in fantasy and fiction.
Political Order and Political Decay From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy | FRANCIS FUKUYAMA: The renowned (and controversial) former neoconservative political scientist, best known for The End of History and the Last Man (1992), returns with the second volume of his work charting the evolution of the modern state, which started with The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (*** July/Aug 2011).
The next, penultimate chapter, on "language and reality in modern physics," makes clearer the limited, because prehuman, kind of reality (45) of this fundamental energy-substance that has the potentiality to appear to the human mind as mathematically formed particles and their forces.
However, large areas of New Zealand that are representative of a prehuman state still remain, in particular offshore, islands such as Whenua hou (Codfish Island), which is situated off the southern coast of New Zealand.
The "correlationism" of post-Kantian thought, that is, cannot accept the ("naive") realism of statements about the prehuman without the qualification of their human provenance.
For them, "first nature," means original and prehuman nature and "second nature" means the artificial nature that people erect atop first nature.
Toward a Theory of Political Development" in The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution.
Such a solidarity of beings apart from their intention and will is already given in the prehuman world--in the unity of genus and the development of organic species.