Homo habilis

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Homo hab·i·lis

 (hăb′ə-ləs)
n.
A species of extinct humans known from fossil remains found in eastern and perhaps southern Africa and dating from about 2 to 1.6 million years ago.

[New Latin Homō habilis, species name : Latin homō, man + Latin habilis, skillful.]
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Homo habilis

(ˈhæbɪlɪs)
n
an extinct species of primitive man, the first to use stone tools
[New Latin, from Latin homo man + habilis able to handle, skilled]
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Homo hab·i·lis

(hăb′ə-ləs)
An extinct species of humans considered to be an ancestor of modern humans and the earliest hominid to make tools. This species existed between about 2.0 and 1.5 million years ago.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Homo habilis - extinct species of upright East African hominid having some advanced humanlike characteristics
genus Homo - type genus of the family Hominidae
human, human being, man - any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
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"In fact," Wrangham quipped in a recent New York Times interview, "he could walk into a Fifth Avenue shop today and buy a suit right off a peg." Relative to earlier habilines, his teeth were greatly reduced and his cranium was about 42 percent larger.
Furthermore, what we may be inclined to lump together as habilines may actually have been several closely related species.
Although the branching off of habilines must have involved mutations in the genetic structure of existing australopithecines, we cannot yet determine whether morphological alterations occurred in small increments or in dramatic spurts of 100,000 years or less.