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Any of various extinct hominins.

pro′to·hu′man adj.


(Animals) any of various prehistoric primates that resembled modern man
(Animals) of or relating to any of these primates


(ˌproʊ toʊˈhyu mən or, often, -ˈyu-)

1. of, pertaining to, or resembling extinct hominid populations that had some but not all the features of modern Homo sapiens.
2. a protohuman animal.
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I could argue that the idea of an all-powerful, white-bearded Creator waving his hands and fashioning all of this in seven days is just as electrifying as the idea of protohuman tadpoles crawling out of ancient muck.
In Hebrew, eden means "delight," and the story opens with Adam, the protohuman, alone with God in the Garden of Delight.
In fact, I think one of my best days was when that first protohuman crawled out of the water, flopped onto the sand, and thought, "Wow, this golden area with non-slippy rocks will make a great home.
THE STORY: Readers seeing the title of the latest book by Laurence Gonzales and the leafy design of its cover might think its subject is the protohuman "Lucy" skeleton discovered in the 1970s.
Plunge deep into imagination, and we all share some archetypal image, perhaps implanted by the Discovery Channel, of a primitive protohuman sketching magic bison and deer on the rock walls of the dimly lit cavern, using a stick of black charcoal.
ramidus female, nicknamed Ardi, have opened a new vista to the protohuman past.
At night, on the other hand, the parents make their children do family-related things so that the children don't think of making an inopportune visit there: an act which leads to complaints amongst the teachers because then all of the responsibility to explain the tale (a tale that speaks of protohuman beings, that speaks of welcome, of goodness) falls on them and on them alone.
According to Landy, however, it differs from protohuman packs; Floyd's society (i.
Although 'The Grisly Folk' was written in 1921, the idea it expresses of the replacement of one form of protohuman with another has its counterpart in the fiction of the 1890s.
Scattered about on the floor were a dozen purple-stained sculptures made from sacks of the same fabric stuffed with sand, resembling child-size protohuman figures and bearing similar drawings on their surfaces.
From this protohuman vantage point, he then proposes three phases of hominid evolution, ending with modern homo sapiens about 40,000 years ago.