Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Preceding the advent of modern humanity, Homo sapiens
  • n. One of the human-like creatures prior to Homo sapiens.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Occurring or existing before the appearance of man upon the earth; pertaining to times antecedent to human existence.

Etymologies

pre- +‎ human (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Dancer is a "clever little prehuman statue," she learns, which was discovered on an uninhabited planet by the hapless crew of a space freighter and has been wreaking havoc ever since.

    January 15th, 2009

  • Magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition, the book traces the history of political organization and principle from "prehuman times" up to the period of the French Revolution.

    From Dynasty to Democracy

  • The new finds all belong to a prehuman species of that time called Australopithecus sediba , discovered in 2008.

    Fossil Trove Sheds Light On a Stage of Evolution

  • Scientists in South Africa announced a hoard of fossil finds documenting a puzzling forerunner to modern mankind belonging to the prehuman species Australopithecus Sediba that lived nearly two million years ago.

    Fossil Trove Sheds Light On a Stage of Evolution

  • Decade of Discoveries 2001: Three previously unknown prehuman species arev discovered in Africa, dating back almost six million years.

    Fossil Trove Sheds Light On a Stage of Evolution

  • To the researchers' surprise, the primitive creature's pelvis was "the most human-like" ever discovered among a prehuman species, Dr. Berger said.

    Fossil Trove Sheds Light On a Stage of Evolution

  • It looks as if our prehuman ancestors had only a modest vocabulary of shouts, screams and whines, but a richer and subtler vocabulary of gestures, shrugs and frowns.

    Hands and Faces Spoke Long Before Our Tongues

  • Our prehuman ancestors didn't say much, but they had a rich and subtle vocabulary of gestures, shrugs and frowns.

    Hands and Faces Spoke Long Before Our Tongues

  • Associated Press Head of prehuman species, Australopithecus sediba, was found in 2008.

    New Face in Human Family Tree

  • Possibly the scepter of a legendary prehuman king, certainly unique, the priceless trophy is desired by diverse governments, military powers, plutocrats and cabals throughout human-settled space.

    August 4th, 2008

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