What is homo?

  • (noun): Any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae.
    Synonyms: man, human being, human
    See also — Additional definitions below


Homo is the genus of great apes that includes modern humans and species closely related to them. The genus is estimated to be about 2.3 to 2.4 million years old, possibly having evolved from australopithecine ancestors, with the appearance of Homo habilis. Specifically, H. habilis is assumed to be the direct descendant of Australopithecus garhi, which lived about 2.5 million years ago. However, in May 2010 H. gautengensis was discovered, a species believed to be even older than H. habilis.

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Cerebral Rubicon
... The Scottish anthropologist Sir Arthur Keith set the limit at 750 cc for the genus Homo ... The minimum cranial capacity for the species Homo sapiens is generally set at 900cc ... One of the reasons for the proposal to exclude Homo habilis from the genus Homo, and renaming it as "Australopithecus habilis" is the small capacity of their cranium (363cc -600 cc) ...
Samu (Homo Erectus)
... given to a prehistoric man (described as Homo erectus seu sapiens palaeohungaricus, i ... "ancient Hungarian Homo erectus or sapiens") whose remains were found in 1965 near Vértesszőlős, Hungary ... He was a late Homo erectus, somewhere between Homo erectus and Homo sapiens ...
Homo - Migration and Admixture
... habilis, which is considered the first member of the genus Homo, might have given rise to H ... ergaster migrated to Asia, where they are named Homo erectus, and to Europe with Homo georgicus ... Homo rhodesiensis, who were descended from H ...
Stone-Age Poland - Paleolithic - Homo Neanderthalensis
... Now often also considered a distinct species, Homo neanderthalensis (otherwise known as Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) lived in the southern half of Poland ...
Charles Elworthy (scientist) - Academic Work
... in 1993 in Berlin, Elworthy created the model of Homo biologicus which explains human behaviour in terms of evolutionary theory and phylogenetic and ontogenetic development ... Homo biologicus is linked to, but extends, the economic Homo economicus model, which describes man as a rational and self-interested being ... which are inexplicable within a conventional Homo economicus paradigm ...

More definitions of "homo":

  • (noun): Someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex.
    Synonyms: homosexual, gay

Famous quotes containing the word homo:

    The female of the genus homo is economically dependent on the male. He is her food supply.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935)

    ... beauty, like ecstasy, has always been hostile to the commonplace. And the commonplace, under its popular label of the normal, has been the supreme authority for Homo sapiens since the days when he was probably arboreal.
    Ellen Glasgow (1873–1945)

    Regna regnis lupi, The State is a wolf unto the State. It is not a pessimistic lamentation like the old homo homini lupus [Man is a wolf to Man], but a positive creed and political ideal.
    Johan Huizinga (1872–1945)