Hominid Skulls. Replicas. Lucy Australopithecus afarensis, Peking Man skull, Adapis skull, Aegyptopithecus zeuxis skull, Cro-Magnon skull, Gigantopithecus blacki, Homo ergaster skull, Homo habilis skull, Mrs. Ples skull, Neanderthal skull, Pro-Consul skull, Rooneyia omomyid skull, Homo sapiens skull, Taung Child skull, Taung Child skull in reconstruction, The Black skull, Zinjanthropus skull.
A hominid is any member of the biological family Hominidae (the "great apes"), including the extinct and extant humans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. This classification has been revised several times in the last few decades. These various revisions have led to a varied use of the word "hominid": The original meaning of Hominidae referred only to the modern meaning of Hominina, including only humans and their closest relatives. The meaning of the taxon changed gradually, leading to the modern meaning of "hominid" in which it includes all great apes.