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Family Hominidae


Introduction

The family Hominidae is the scientific category for what are commonly called “the great apes”: humans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orang-utans.

History of the Hominidae

The family Hominidae was named by John Edward Gray in 1825. It was originally intended to distinguish humans the great apes (family pongidae)

Extant Hominids

Human
Genus Homo
Chimp
Genus Pan
Silverback
Genus Gorilla
Orangutan
Genus Pongo


Immediate Phylogeny

Parent Group
Hominoidea

Sister Groups
Hylobatidae (Lesser Apes)

Daughter Groups
Homininae
Ponginae

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Taxonomy

Domain
Eucarya

Kingdom
Metazoa

Phylum
Chordata

Class
Mammalia

Order
Primata

Subrder
Haplorhini

Infraorder
Simiiformes

Parvorder
Catarrhini

Superfamily
Hominoidea

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