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I thought of the words earlier and smaller, but I think they are incorrect. Is there a way of referring to this kingdom and not include humans?

Example:

The focus of the class shifted from humans to the [...] members of the animal kingdom.

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    The focus of the class shifted from humans to the other members of the animal kingdom.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 13:00
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    I don't understand the downvotes, it's quite an interesting and valid question.
    – JHCL
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 13:20
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    We generally distinguish between humans and animals. Although humans are technically animals, people tend not to think of it that way, at least in English. "You're an animal!" is used to tell someone he's behaving brutishly. And if you show someone a picture of a little girl with three puppies and three kittens and ask them "How many animals are in this picture?" you're most likely be told "six."
    – Robusto
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 13:22
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    You found it already: non-human (members of the animal kingdom)
    – ermanen
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 14:47
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    Andrew got it immediately. Other is required when specifying the Animal Kingdom, which is a technical biological term. Consequently, since H. sapiens is a member of the Animal Kingdom, it's the other members who are being referred to. Anything else would be out of order with a technical biological term setting the context. Commented Oct 3, 2015 at 15:06

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...shifted to other species of ... or "to the other members of ..."

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  • (I wrote the same answer, before I realized yours was present.)
    – Drew
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 17:45

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