Definition of Homo habilis in English:

Homo habilis


  • 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/