Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Habiline

Vernacular for certain encephalized, bipedal fossil hominids that first appeared in Africa about 2 mya. Although they lived at the same time as several species of australopithecine and have many characteristics in common, habilines are distinguished as relatively larger-brained, with an intermediate average cranial capacity of 630 cm3, about one-third larger than australopithecines and almost half that of AMHs.

See Homo habilis.

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