quadrumanous


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quad·ru·ma·nous

 (kwŏ-dro͞o′mə-nəs) also quad·ru·ma·nal (-nəl)
adj.
Having opposable first digits on both the feet and the hands, used for gripping and climbing. Many primates are quadrumanous.

[quadru- + Latin manus, hand; see man- in Indo-European roots + -ous.]

quadrumanous

(kwɒˈdruːmənəs)
adj
(Zoology) (of monkeys and apes) having all four feet specialized for use as hands
[C18: from New Latin quadrumanus, from quadri- + Latin manus hand]

quad•ru•ma•nous

(kwɒˈdru mə nəs)

adj.
having the feet adapted for use as hands, as monkeys.
[1690–1700; < New Latin quadrumanus= Latin quadru- quadru- + -manus, adj. derivative of manus hand (compare manual)]

quad·ru·ma·nous

(kwŏ-dro͞o′mə-nəs)
Having four feet and using all four feet as hands, as primates other than humans do.
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Darwin suggested that bipedalism was one of the key features of the human lineage, but more than 60 years earlier, the French naturalist, Lamarck (1809) had suggested that a quadrumanous creature (with all four feet adapted for grasping) living in the trees became bimanous (stopped using its hands as feet, and the big toe ceased to be separated from the other toes) on the ground when the trees disappeared.
Naturalist whose 19th century theory of evolution of the species challenged the Church by stating that the human race derived from a hairy quadrumanous animal related to the ancestors of the orang-utan, chimp and gorilla.
For he is "thickskulled, small-brained, fishy, quadrumanous, quadruped ill-disguised, hardly escaped into biped (PE 358).