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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.
Man as a biological being, endowed with a certain (not unlimited) adaptability to his external environment, and with certain impulses towards activity and the pursuit of happiness, subject to old age and death, is not an abstract construction, nor one of our prehistoric ancestors, a species of pithecanthropus now superseded by historical and social man, but still exists in each of us and in all probability will still exist in the future.
He named this missing link Pithecanthropus alalus ("ape man without speech").
44) Other inspirational factors were many significant archaeological discoveries, including Eugene Dubois's Javan Pithecanthropus (1891-94), the Homo sapiens skeletons of Grimaldi (1901), and Combe Capelle (1909), the archaic Mauer jaw (1907), and the Neanderthal remains of Le Moustier, La-Chapelle-aux-Saints, and La Ferrassie (1908).