Varying classifications are used in this area: sometimes only the members of the "Subfamily Homininae" below are included. Members of the Hominidae family are known as hominids.
Contains Genera :
Genus Pongo (orangutans) Genus Gigantopithecus - extinct Genus Pan (chimpanzees) Genus Gorilla (gorillas) Subfamily Homininae Genus Orrorin - extinct Genus Ardipithecus - extinct Genus Kenyanthropus - extinct Genus Australopithecus - extinct Genus Paranthropus - extinct Genus Homo (humans)
Traditionally the forms outside of the Homininae have been placed in a separate group, the Pongidae. This turns out to be paraphyletic, so taxonomists encouraging monophyletic groups either abandon it or occasionally restrict it to Pongo+Gigantopithecus.