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- proper n. A taxonomic superfamily within the parvorder Catarrhini — the great apes etc.
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- proper n. A superfamily of mammals including anthropoid apes and human beings.
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- n. anthropoid apes and human beings
We have fairly good evidence that spellcheck was designed by a peculiar species of verbalizing Hominoidea.
Post-conflict social events in wild mountain gorillas (Mammalia, Hominoidea) .1.
Some use it to describe all members of the Hominoidea superfamily.
An ape is any member of the Hominoidea superfamily of primates.
If it's written more generally, well, humans are of the order Primates (primates), the superfamily Hominoidea (apes), and the family Hominidae (great apes).
“Ape”, as far as I know, is used ambiguously to refer to Hominoidea species, though often irrationally excluding humans, and also as a distinct name for primates sharing a number of characteristics with each other, some of which are lacking in the Homo genus.
A hominin is a member of the tribe Hominini, a hominine is a member of the subfamily Homininae, a hominid is a member of the family Hominidae, and a hominoid is a member of the superfamily Hominoidea.
Edit hominin Hominini hominine Homininae hominid Hominidae hominoid Hominoidea anyone else thinking of Ed Norton?
While I realize that Hominoidea species not too closely related to the lineage leading to man are frequently called “apes”, whether extant or fossil, there seems to be a countervailing tendency to use the term primariliy for modern apes and for a bewildering array of more “ape-like” fossil creatures than those leading to, roughly, ourselves and our closer fossil relatives.
This seems to be the rationale for using the term “ape-like” rather than the more rationalized “ape” term for Hominoidea, and especially for Hominidae.
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