Meaning of Homo habilis*

Ho•mo hab•i•lis

Pronunciation: (hō'mō hab'u-lus), [key]
  1. an extinct species of upright East African hominid having some advanced humanlike characteristics, dated as being from about 1.5 million to more than 2 million years old and proposed as an early form of Homo leading to modern humans. See illus. under
  2. a fossil belonging to this species.
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