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npl  men   :  a bipedal primate mammal of the genus Homo (H. sapiens) that is anatomically related to larger more advanced apes comprising the family Pongidae but is distinguished by greater development of the brain with resulting capacity for articulate speech and abstract reasoning, by marked erectness of body carriage with corresponding alteration of muscular balance and loss of prehensile powers of the foot, and by shortening of the arm with accompanying increase in thumb size and ability to place the thumb next to each of the fingers, that is usu. considered to occur in a variable number of freely interbreeding races, and that is the sole recent representative of the natural family Hominidae : broadly  :  any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae .

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