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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.e., ours) shares its preoccupation with establishing and holding territory.
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.
A necessary step to the development of human language "may have been some modifications of the protohuman vocal tract to give us finer control and permit formation of a much greater variety of sounds."(39) Another commonly recognized factor is that mental capacity requires the physical development of the brain.