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Homo (genus)

Homo is the genus that includes modern humans and their close relatives.

The genus is estimated to be between 1.5 and 2.5 million years old.

All species except Homo sapiens are extinct.

Homo neanderthalensis, traditionally considered the last surviving relative, died out 30,000 years ago while recent evidence suggests that Homo floresiensis lived as recently as 12,000 years ago.

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