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Definition: Hominin

A Hominin is any organism of the taxonomic tribe Hominini. This includes recent Humans together with extinct ancestral species and those species transplanted from Earth to other worlds by now non-existent sophonts. The tribe Hominini branched from tribe Panini during the Miocene Epoch on Earth. During the Pliocene and Pleistocene Epochs more numerous and diverse Hominin species appeared. During the Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene Epochs advanced star-faring sophonts harvested and transported samples of these species from Earth to other worlds with suitable environments. Researchers hypothesize there were more than a thousand such transplantations, with evidence of Hominin civilization found on worlds as far as 30,000 LY to spinward of Earth. It is believed most of these transplanted Hominin groups did not survive more than a few thousand years. None of the Hominin species currently existing are capable of procreation with other Hominin species. There has been much speculation on the part of researchers as to how many species of advanced star-faring sophonts carried out Hominin transplants, what their motives were for transplanting Hominin species to other worlds, and why they disappeared. Researchers refer to these extinct sophont species using a variety of terms, the most common being Forerunners, Harbingers, and Precursors.

During the United Earth Era five of these Hominin species were discovered by Humans from Earth (homo sapiens) on worlds within 5,000 LY of Earth. These include the Druan, the Entra, the Linu, the Dovar, and the Yathans. These species were given full representation in the United Earth Parliament and Senate. While conducting the final offensive against the Snirr, the United Earth Expeditionary Fleet discovered six more Hominin species within 30,000 LY spinward of Earth: the Kivik, the Minkasa, the Novan, the Olora, the Pada, and the Ral. During the Imperial Era, the home worlds of the Druan, the Entra, the Linu, the Dovar, and the Yathans all enjoyed Senate World status.

The Reunification and Reconciliation Act of 2436 declared that all Hominin species were, by default, subject to the laws, and recipients of the benefits, of the Hominin Union. The Act was justification for bringing all Hominin worlds within the fold. Given the ferocity of the Snirr Wars and the Antispinward Secession of the 24th century, the ruling Destillières family reasoned that only by uniting into one political, economic, military and cultural entity could Humanity and its cousin Hominin species defend themselves against the hostile alien civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy.

Related entries: Destillières Family; Dovar; Druan; Entra; Forerunner; Harbinger; Humans; Imperial Senate; Kivik; Linu; Minkasa; Novan;Olora; Pada; Precursor; Ral; Reunification and Reconciliation Act (2436); United Earth; United Earth Parliament; Snirr Wars; United Earth Senate.

From The Concise Historical Encyclopedia of the Hominin Union, 3rd edition, 3.1.2802, translated from the Xochilian Prime language by T.Polomarchus.