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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to various extinct hominids or other primates that resemble modern humans.
  • n. A protohuman primate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to the first humans or the beginning of humankind.
  • n. One of the earliest humans.

Etymologies

From proto- +‎ human. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's not unlike the discovery of a previously unknown species of protohuman deep within a cave somewhere, revealing some new twist in the constantly expanding canon of human evolution.

    Bob Cesca: Governor Haley Barbour: A New Level of Stupid

  • I'd like to see some more research on the notion that we all carry a species memory running back to the protohuman days.

    Deep Phobic Memory

  • In the psychic menagerie of Bion and Klein, Beckett may also have found hints for the protohuman organisms, the worms and bodiless heads in pots, that populate his various underworlds.

    The Making of Samuel Beckett

  • Not to mention the central plot about a young scientist who befriends a protohuman boy and nearly makes fire with a tough prehistoric babe named Niawo.

    The Descent Of Man

  • Ever since the 1974 discovery in Ethiopia of the fossil of a little protohuman christened Lucy, it was clear what sort of human ancestor must have walked the Horn of Africa just before her: one that was more apelike.

    Out Of Africa, A Missing Link

  • If you visited the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History last week, you would have found that the second-floor Physical Anthropology galleries, housing the reconstruction of the head of the protohuman A ustralopithecus, have been closed.

    African Dream

  • Or perhaps such racism is an echo of internecine protohuman forest warfare.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • When they were finished, Chet looked like a big-eyed, potbellied, protohuman in fur-lined, duct-tape space boots — the feline love child of Golem and Doddy the house elf.

    You Suck

  • I've come to believe that as humans evolved, their protohuman ancestors, telling stories around the campfire, of hunts and close calls with death, grunting and gesturing, were actually, through the story telling, helping to form our brains the way they are today -- able to use language, visualize, use metaphors ...

    Printing: Tapping the Power of story

  • There may have been protohuman populations hobbits, anyone? killed off by the human discoverers in those cases, too.

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