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 (pĭth′ĭ-kăn′thrə-pəs, -kăn-thrō′pəs)
An extinct hominin known from fossil remains discovered in Java in 1891 and originally designated Pithecanthropus erectus because it was thought to represent a species evolutionarily intermediate between humans and nonhuman apes. Pithecanthropus is now classified as Homo erectus. It is sometimes referred to as Java man.

[New Latin Pithēcanthrōpus, former genus name : Greek pithēkos, ape + Greek anthrōpos, human being.]

pith′e·can·throp′ic (-kən-thrŏp′ĭk) adj.
pith′e·can′thro·pine (-kăn′thrə-pīn′) adj.


(ˌpɪθɪkænˈθrəʊpəs; -ˈkænθrə-)
n, pl -pi (-ˌpaɪ)
(Anthropology & Ethnology) any primitive apelike man of the former genus Pithecanthropus, now included in the genus Homo. See Java man, Peking man
[C19: New Latin, from Greek pithēkos ape + anthrōpos man]
ˌpitheˈcanthroˌpine, ˌpitheˈcanthroˌpoid adj


(ˌpɪθ ɪˈkæn θrə pəs, -kənˈθroʊ pəs)

a former genus of extinct hominids whose members have now been assigned to the proposed species Homo erectus.
[< New Latin (1891) < Greek píthēk(os) ape + ánthrōpos man]


A type of primitive human being.
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Noun1.pithecanthropus - former genus of primitive apelike men now Homo erectusPithecanthropus - former genus of primitive apelike men now Homo erectus
hominid - a primate of the family Hominidae
References in classic literature ?
One said it was the dryopithecus of Java, the other said it was pithecanthropus.
The countenance might have been that of a cross between Pithecanthropus, the Java ape-man, and a daughter of the Piltdown race of prehistoric Sussex.
the Dionysian Education of a Pithecanthropus Erectus
Su Pithecanthropus, como el Hombre de Java descubierto por su discipulo Dubois en 1894, eran "seres imaginarios" como otros cientificos y paleontologos se habian encargado de demostrar (28).
Then, when developing a new project, they went to the Arctic to search for prehistoric men embedded in glaciers; eventually, they found a 30,000 years old perfect Pithecanthropus in whose skull they thought to transplant a brain segment of a present-day man; the new creature should be endowed with enough understanding to make him obey Dexter's orders.
El nombre elegido por el cientifico holandes, Pithecanthropus erectus, resulta muy poco adecuado: sugiere que se trataba de una especie de ser intermedio entre los simios y los humanos.