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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Genus: Homo
H. habilis (extinct)
H. rudolfensis[?] (extinct)
H. ergaster[?] (extinct)
H. erectus (extinct)
H. heidelbergensis[?] (extinct)
H. neanderthalensis (extinct)
H. sapiens (Humans)
Hominoids (Genus Homo ) denotes a group of Hominids that contains modern humans (Homo sapiens) as well as a number of extinct species. Homo is Latin for man.

Note that the division of extinct members of the genus Homo is still under discussion. H. habilis, H. erectus and (of course) H. sapiens are generally recognized, but H. rudolfensis and H. ergaster are sometimes classified under H. habilis and H. erectus respectively, while H. heidelbergensis and H. neanderthalensis are sometimes classified as sub-species of H. sapiens, thus giving

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