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As some of you may have noticed, I've decided to give the Human article a major overhaul, starting with the biology section. However, I'm experiencing trouble finding a source that actually defines the term humanoid, and more specifically a source I could use as reference for the following statement: "Other sentient species with a body type roughly similar to Humans were often referred to as humanoids, since Humans were the most common example." Until now, my research hasn't been very successful. Maybe there's a related statement in The New Essential Guide to Alien Species, but I don't own that book. Could someone help me out there? Thanks in advance. --LelalMekha (talk) 12:19, September 28, 2013 (UTC)
Greetings, ok, lets see, humaniod, a humaniod can be any creature that has a human or humanlike appearance, (this may include internal and external body parts), some droids can even be described as humaniod, (i.e. protocol droids and even some battle and assissin droids). I don't know if this will help you, but here are some species (that I know) that are sometimes described as humaniod: Twi'leks, Togrutas, Chiss, and...well there's a ton more. Another thing to remeber, is that even if the species is human in stature, dosen't mean its humaniod, for example, the Kaleesh, have much different head configuration than humans, but still have more or less a humaniod body, I'd hardly describe Kaleesh as humaniod. I really don't know more than that, but I hope it helps you a little.--MadMarek (talk) 13:09, September 28, 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for your participation, but all of this I already know. ;-) What I'm looking for is a source that explicitely describes "humanoids" as beings having the same kind of body plane as Humans do. I need a precise reference. By the way, to be precise, it's pretty obvious from the sources that the term humanoid applies as long as one has one torso, two legs, two arms and one head. The head configuration, for example, is irrelevant, since Kaleesh, Aqualish or Arcona are classified humanoids. The basic definition that I hereby stated is obvious from comparing all the available sources together, but my problem is that it must be referenced to some work in particular. --LelalMekha (talk) 13:16, September 28, 2013 (UTC)
From New Essential Guide to Alien Species, page 81: As humans are the most numerous species galaxywide, they have, perhaps unfairly, become the standard by which other species are defined. For instance, if a species is known to be "humanoid", this is not because its members are human, but because they bear specific traits that are similar to humans-namely the number of appendages and the practice of walking upright. Also, from the front of the book, there is a glossary of descriptive terms, which more clearly defines Humanoid. However, I don't think it's written from an IU perspective so I don't know how useful it would be. Humanoid:Those species that, while not related genetically to humans, possess characteristics similar to humans, such as two arms with hands, fingers and an opposable thumb, two legs, a torso and a single head.