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An extinct hominid that is the earliest and most primitive known member of the human genus Homo, living in Africa between about 2.3 and 1.4 million years ago.
1960s; earliest use found in Louis Leakey (1903–1972), archaeologist and palaeoanthropologist. From scientific Latin Homo habilis, species name from Homo, genus name + scientific Latin habilis, specific name, specifically use classical Latin habilis skilful, able.
Homo habilis/ˌhəʊməʊ ˈhabɪlɪs/
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