subfamily of mammals

Homininae is a subfamily of Hominidae, which includes humans, gorillas, and chimpanzees which are native to Africa.[1]

Temporal range: 12.5–0 Ma
Three hominines: a human holding a young gorilla and a young chimpanzee.
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Homininae
Gray, 1825
Type species
Homo sapiens
Linnaeus, 1758


sister: Ponginae

Most importantly, it also includes extinct human relatives such as Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, and earlier species of the genus Homo.[2] It includes all those hominid species which arose after the split from the other great apes.

Classification (living members) change

Evolutionary tree of the superfamily Hominoidea

References change

  1. "hominid, hominin, hominoid, human". National Geographic Style Manual. National Geographic Society. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. Erin Wayman (16 November 2011). "What's in a Name? Hominid Versus Hominin". Smithsonian.com. Retrieved 25 June 2015.